NJ Senate Confirms 2 to Supreme Court

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

The New Jersey Senate on Thursday reconfirmed the chief justice of the state Supreme Court and confirmed Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee for the state’s highest court for an initial seven-year term.

Stuart Rabner, a Democrat who was first appointed by former Gov. Jon Corzine, will be eligible to serve for 17 years before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Lee Solomon, a Republican former Board of Public Utilities president who is a judge in Camden County, is the third jurist selected by Christie to fill a seat on the court.

A seventh seat on the high court remains vacant. Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney struck a deal to move each of their choices forward.

A few Republicans said they opposed Rabner’s renomination because of progressive prior court decisions.