A former New Jersey Supreme Court justice thinks he has the right medicine for the paralysis now afflicting judicial reappointments in the state.
The state constitution is silent on the standards judges must meet during their first seven years on the bench in order to be granted tenure.
Gary Stein is calling for an amendment to require that all state judges be reappointed unless they are unfit.
Stein, who served on the state's high court for almost two decades until 2002, floated the idea in the Weintraub Lecture given Thursday night at Rutgers Law School in Newark.
He said "New Jersey's nationally renowned state judiciary...has been temporarily stunned and demoralized by the Governor's arbitrary refusal—for the first time since the 1947 Constitution—to reappoint two distinguished and highly qualified New Jersey Supreme Court Justices, John Wallace and Helen Hoens."