Judiciary advances nominees

TRENTON – It was smooth sailing today for many of the gubernatorial nominees before the Judiciary Committee. 

The nominations that were released include:

*Michael Blee, to serve as judge on the Superior Court, Atlantic County. Blee has served as a solicitor and municipal court judge for various Atlantic County municipalities, including Absecon and Galloway. The appointment was unanimously released.

*Noah Bronkesh, to serve as judge on Superior Court. Bronkesh said he has represented commercial interests throughout the state in the areas of land use. The appointment was released unanimously.

*Kenneth G. Campen, to be a workers’ compensation judge. During his interview, Campen said he believes New Jersey has the best workers compensation system in the tri-state area, which includes New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

“Overall, I think it’s a very just system,” he said.

*Cristen P. D’Arrigo, to be a Judge of the Superior Court, Cumberland County. He served as municipal prosecutor for Bridgeton, among several other municipalities. He told the committee he wants to be a judge because, in his humble opinion, judgeship is the aspiration of every lawyer.

“It’s been an aspiration of mine since I started practicing law,” D’Arrigo said.

His nomination was released.

*Linda M. Kassekert, to be an administrative law Judge. Kassekert said she served as the chairperson of the Casino Control Commission for the past nine years.

*Matthew B. Levinson, to be a member of the Casino Control Commission.

Before casting his vote, Sen. Ray Lesniak, (D-20), of Elizabeth, said there have been steadily declining revenues in Atlantic City the past three years.

He has called for the legalization of other types of gambling, including sports betting and Internet gaming.

*Steven J. Polansky, to serve as a Superior Court judge.

Polansky said he has served as an attorney for more than 30 years. He said he’s handled mostly insurance coverage issues, involving both insurance carriers and insured individuals. He admitted to the committee that the current state of “bad faith” law seems to be favorable to insurance carriers.

Sen. Jim Beach, (D-6), Voorhees, described Polansky as “a tremendous asset to the state of New Jersey.”

*Yolanda Adrianzen, to be a Workers’ Compensation Judge

Sen. Nellie Poe, (D-35), North Haledon, spoke highly of her character.

*John Ballantyne, to be a member of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority