Tag: New Jersey Government Law

Senate Approves New Jersey Judicial Nominees

Gov. Chris Christie was able to skirt his political feud with state Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, to secure the nomination of his judicial appointee, Former Attorney General Paula Dow. Dow was originally nominated in Essex County, but had to move to Burlington County in order to avoid the political impasse

New Jersey Municipalities Facing Lawsuits Over Red Light Cameras

Red light cameras are taking a beating in New Jersey. The majority of the state’s 85 cameras are now dormant after the Department of Transportation found the red lights cameras failed to meet statutory requirements. Meanwhile, lawmakers are also looking into whether their use should be outlawed altogether. Municipalities that

New Jersey Legislature Approves Rutgers-Camden Merger Plan

The controversial Rutgers-Camden merger will likely become a reality, after a restructuring plan passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature last week. While the approved plan differs from the proposal first submitted by Gov. Chris Christie, it still won’t make everybody happy. Rather than a full merger, the final

Senator Loretta Weinberg Champions the Public’s Right for Transparency in Government

Legislative efforts to strengthen the state’s Open Public Meetings Act and the Open Public Records Act have met significant resistance from New Jersey municipalities. The amendments, proposed by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, are intended to update the New Jersey open records laws and bring them in line with

Stop and Say Cheese: New Jersey May Ban Controversial Red Light Camera

The legality of red light enforcement cameras is under fire in New Jersey. While the cameras are intended to help police remotely detect violations of traffic control signals, critics contend that they have a minimal benefit on public safety while generating large revenue for New Jersey municipalities. Now, a proposed

Deliberative Privilege Off Limits in Government Contract Lawsuit

The Appellate Division’s recent decision in a breach-of-contract case involving the State of New Jersey will greatly influence the government’s ability to shield documents from the courtroom. The court determined that the deliberative process privilege did not apply to documents that were directly related to the lawsuit. Correctional Medical Services

Kwon’s Failure to Withdraw Makes History

Judicial nominees who withdraw their names when they know they don’t have the votes for confirmation are never remembered very long. Philip Kwon, on the other hand, has made his mark on New Jersey legal history by either becoming the first or one of very few nominees to the New

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Limitations on Paid Sick Leave

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state can limit how much school administrators can get for unused sick leave. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of New Jersey public employee compensation regulations that cap the payment for accumulated sick time for certain school administrators at $15,000. As reported by the Star-Ledger,