Corzine rejects Dem request to seek early retirement for two Supreme Court Justices

Several Democrats have asked Gov. Jon Corzine to consider asking New Jersey Supreme Court Justices John Wallace and Virginia Long to retire early so that the outgoing governor could fill their seats before he leaves office, according to sources close to the governor. There was a discussion about this with the front office staff, but Corzine has declined to consider appointing new Justices during the next two months.

Gov.-elect Christopher Christie will make his first Supreme Court appointment next spring when Wallace comes up for a tenured seat. If renominated, Wallace would only get two more years; he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 two years later. Long must retire in 2012. Most pundits do not expect Christie to reappoint embattled Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto, who is up in 2011.

Corzine rejects Dem request to seek early retirement for two Supreme Court Justices