|New Jersey Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jon Corzine|
|Past post:||New Jersey Attorney General|
|Past post 2:||U.S. Attorney's Office|
|Past term 2:||1986-2006|
|Born:||June 30, 1960|
|Undergraduate:||Princeton University, 1982|
|Law School:||Harvard Law School, 1985|
Stuart Rabner is the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Jon Corzine, a Democratic governor, and took office on June 29, 2007. In May 2014, Governor Chris Christie renominated him to another term. Rabner's renomination will give him tenure, meaning that he may remain on the court until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
The decision to renominate Rabner came after a long battle between Republican Gov. Christie and Democratic members of the state Senate over court appointments. In 2014, a compromise was reached in which the high court appointment of Lee A. Solomon, a Christie pick from 2011 that was blocked by the legislature, would accompany the renomination of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who was at odds with Christie regarding decisions on state housing, school funding and same-sex marriages. While announcing the compromise, Christie stated, "We have had a really vigorous and at times heated discussion about nominations to the Supreme Court over the last four years." Democratic Senator Stephen Sweeney noted, "We couldn't have come up with a better deal."
- 2007-Present: Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court
- 2006-2007: Chief counsel, Gov. Jon Corzine
- 1986-2006: U.S. Attorney's Office
- 1985-1986: Law clerk, U.S. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Rabner received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.67, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.05 that justices received in New Jersey. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Courts in New Jersey
- News: Christie and Senate reach compromise in battle over New Jersey Supreme Court nominations, May 22, 2014
- New Jersey Judiciary, "Chief Justice Stuart Rabner"
- Project VoteSmart, "Chief Justice Stuart Rabner (NJ)"
- NJ.com, "N.J. Supreme Court chief justice criticizes Gov. Chris Christie for not reappointing Justice Wallace," May 3, 2010
- The New York Times, "After One Objection, Senate Confirms Corzine's Choice for Chief Justice," June 22, 2007
- Official biography of Justice Rabner
- American Judicature Society: New Jersey judges
- SFGate, "NJ bar group backs chief justice, warns governor," February 20, 2014
- Politicker NJ, "Christie and Sweeney announce deal on Supreme Court nomination," May 21, 2014
- Philly.com, "In deal, Christie renominates Chief Justice Rabner and names Lee Solomon to court," May 22, 2014
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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