Administration decision on Bergen hospital could cost McBride his judgeship

A decision made by Gov. Jon Corzine’s lame duck administration could cost Edward McBride his judgeship. The state Health Department, reportedly with McBride’s approval, yesterday refused to give Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) more time to re-open Pascack Valley Hospital. That decision angered some key Bergen County political leaders, including State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge). Sources say that McBride, nominated to a Superior Court judgeship earlier this month, could be collateral damage from the ruling. Sarlo issued a strongly worded press release slamming the Department of Health and outgoing Commissioner Heather Howard, and he might express his outrage by not posting McBride’s judicial nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee – which he will chair until the end of the current legislative session on January 12.

Administration decision on Bergen hospital could cost McBride his judgeship