Bateman gets Judiciary seat

State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) will get a new seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) will take the new seat on the Senate Education Committee, sources say.

Last month, the Senate expanded the size of the Judiciary Committee from eleven to thirteen members, adding an eighth Democrat and a fifth Republican. Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) has already named State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) to fill the new Democratic seat.

The Senate Labor Committee was also expanded from five to seven members. Codey named State Sen. James Beach (D-Voorhees) to that post.

Bateman becomes the sixth lawyer on a panel that has a majority on non-lawyers. He is a law partner of former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco and the son of former Senate President Raymond Bateman, the 1977 GOP candidate for Governor. Bateman gets Judiciary seat