Democrats seek surprise nomination of state auditor

A move by Democrats during the joint session of the Legislature to appoint a new State Auditor seems to have caught the Republicans off guard.  The incumbent State Auditor, Richard Fair, has held the post since 1989.  New Jersey elects a State Auditor by a vote of a joint session of the Legislature for a five year term; Fair’s term expired in 1994, and he had been in holdover status for fourteen years years before his retirement in2008.  Until today, Legislative leaders have not shown much interest in holding a vote, either to re-elect Fair or replace him.  A bi-partisan panel had recommended the appointment of Fair’s deputy, Stephen Eells, to the post. 

Democrats seek surprise nomination of state auditor