Resolution backs constitutional amendment regarding judicial salaries

TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee approved a resolution today that would support a constitutional amendment clarifying that the Legislature has the authority to take a portion of judicial salaries and put it toward benefits.

SCR110 would allow for deductions from salaries of state Supreme Court justices and Superior Court judges to help fund their health benefits and pensions.

The state Constitution protects the salaries of those sitting judges from reductions during their tenure.

But as Committee Chair Sen. Paul Sarlo reminded everyone at the hearing today, the whole issue is before the Supreme Court and a decision is expected soon.

When the state last year revised the pension and benefits system for state workers, it prompted a lawsuit from sitting judges arguing that it was unconstitutional for their salaries to be interfered with.