New Jersey Retirement Age for Judges and Justices Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Retirement Age for Judges and Justices Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. At least two measure proposing raising the age for mandatory retirement of judges and justices were proposed in the 2014 legislative session. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 150, which was being primarily sponsored by Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-10), Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) and Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-23), would have raised the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75.[1] Assembly Concurrent Resolution 150, which was primarily sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-18), would have raised the retirement to 72.[2]

Both measures would have amended Article VI, Section VI, paragraph 3 of the New Jersey Constitution.

Background

See also: New Jersey Constitution, Article VI, Section VI, paragraph 3

As of 2014, New Jersey's state constitution mandated retirement of judges and justices at the age of 70.

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ACR 129 supporters

ACR 150 supporters

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

At the time in New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments had two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature could either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. This measure did not receive the necessary supermajority required for a 2014 ballot placement. ACR 129 was introduced on March 10, 2014, and was referred to the Judiciary Committee. On June 6, 2014, it was reviewed by the Pension and Health Benefits Commission and recommended to enact.[3]

ACR 150 was introduced on May 15, 2014, and was referred to the Judiciary Committee.[4]

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