New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Virginia Long has four years left before she reaches the mandatory retirement age of seventy, but there is some speculation in higher echelon political circles that she will retire early – opening up another Supreme Court appointment for Gov. Jon Corzine before he seeks re-election in November 2009. Long turns 70 in March 2012.
Long, who served as state Banking Commissioner under Gov. Brendan Byrne, and was named an Associate Justice by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman in 1999. Long holds a Democratic court seat and Corzine would presumably name another Democrat to the post.