Pension and Benefits Reforms Should Apply to the Judiciary
Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the refusal of prospective judges to state that they believe that recently enacted, bipartisan pension reforms apply equally to all public employees.
“I support Governor Christie’s argument that the pension reforms apply equally to all public employees, including the Judiciary. I am disturbed that three of the judges renominated for tenure did not express solidarity with the other employees of the State of New Jersey.
“All other public employees are complying with the law that requires higher pension and health benefits contributions. I therefore voted no on those three re-nominations and I hope they would reconsider and voluntarily make the contributions like all other public employees. After all equal treatment under the law is the basis of our legal system.
“In our system we have three co-equal branches of government. For the Judiciary to claim it should be treated differently during this time of economic crisis and uncertainty threatens the solvency of the pension and health benefits system. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues across the aisle to solve this problem in the near future.”