Eight Superior Court Judges will reach the mandatory retirement age of seventy in 2010; the winner of the November gubernatorial election will nominate their successors. The Judges who turn seventy next year: Claude Coleman (Essex); William Cook (Camden); Michael Diamond (Passaic); Richard Donohue (Bergen); James Hurley and Stephen Skillman (Middlesex); Melvin Kracov (Hudson); and Andrew Smithson (Mercer). Nineteen Superior Court Judges will be up for reappointment next year.
Also up for reappointment in 2010 is John Wallace, an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. If the Governor submits his name for a tenured seat on the state's top court, he will only serve two years before he turns seventy in 2012.