94% of state judges agree to furlough, but Gallipoli, the one who tried to bitch slap senators, is not one of them

One day after Hudson County Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli was chastised by Senate Judiciary Committee members for questioning their right to question the record of a Superior Court Judge up for confirmation to a tenured seat, the state Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) announced that Gallipoli was one of thirty Judges statewide – 6% of the total judiciary – who refused to voluntarily participate in the two-day furlough of state employees.

“While I would welcome the opportunity to give you an explanation, I’m precluded from doing that by the constraints placed on me by my judicial office,” Gallipoli told the Jersey Journal,. “I have privately explained my reason for not participating to the Chief Judge.” Instead of giving up his income, Gallipoli will take vacation days when the court closes for one day this month and one day next month.

The timing of the AOC announcement was beneficial to Gallipoli, who probably would have been pressed on the matter by at least one of the thirteen Senators.

94% of state judges agree to furlough, but Gallipoli, the one who tried to bitch slap senators, is not one of them