Lawmakers discuss NJ court justices' retirement packages

TRENTON - Lawmakers today discussed a problem they have with New Jersey's retirement packages for Supreme Court justices and Superior Court judges.

This week the state Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional for sitting judges to pay more for their pensions and benefits. Under a law passed last year, all public workers had to contribute more.

"It's hard to justify that kind of benefit, when the taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet," said state Sen. Dawn Addiego.

The decision refered to language in the constitution designed to protect judges from having their compensation used to influence rulings. A majority of the high court said it was more important to protect judicial independence.

The full Senate and Assembly will vote Monday on a bill clarifying the Legislature's authority to pass laws regarding contributions from judge's salaries.

Click here to read the amendment.

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