NJ Senate Confirms 2 to Supreme Court


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.