Governor Christie Slow to Fill Legal Vacancies

March 3, 2014 – In The News
The Record

Kenneth Rosenberg was quoted in The Record article “Governor Christie Slow to Fill Legal Vacancies.” While the full text can be found in the March 3, 2014, issue of The Record, a synopsis is noted below.

New Jersey has not had an attorney general since June and there are dozens of Superior Court judgeships open. The state’s court system has case backlogs, in part because of the judicial vacancies that include 21 in Essex County, the most of any Superior Court in the state.

Governor Chris Christie originally campaigned for governor positioning himself as a tough leader who would battle corruption, but the large number of vacancies has left gaping holes in the justice system. There is little perceptible movement in getting them filled and the appointment of a new attorney general has been complicated by the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Cases drag out, judges are overworked and lawyers and clients both feel the stress, said Rosenberg, president-elect of the Essex County Bar Association.

“It also drives up the legal expenses for and emotional toll on all of the parties,” Rosenberg said.