Poritz has 45 days left

The New Jersey Supreme Court returned to work this week after a four month recess with Chief Justice Deborah Poritz still in charge. Poritz must leave office by October 26, when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of seventy. Governor Jon Corzine has still not announced his choice to succeed her, although the most common buzz is that Corzine will elevate Associate Justice James Zazzali to the top post and then appoint a Republican — New Jersey Governors traditionally maintain a partisan balance to the Supreme Court — to Zazzali’s seat. Zazzali turns seventy next year, which could allow Corzine to send his incoming Attorney General, Stuart Rabner, to the Supreme Court as Chief Justice.

Poritz has 45 days left