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The State Senate has scheduled a vote to confirm James Zazzali as Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court on October 23rd — three days before Deborah Poritz leaves office. That means the top court can delay their release of the potentially landmark Gay Marriage decision until after the Senate has voted on Zazzali. During his confirmation hearing this week, the current Associate Justice and former state Attorney General declined to comment on his vote (which has presumably already been cast and is just awaiting the release of the decision). There are no Senators publicly opposed to Zazzali’s nomination, but if his confirmation is followed by the release of a no vote on gay marriage, some leaders of the New Jersey Democratic Party’s more progressive wing will clearly be unhappy — including a handful of Democratic State Senators.

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