Wallace Watch

Time is running out for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Wallace, who must be renominated and confirmed by May 22, or he’s out of a job.  Gov. Christopher Christie’s delay in filling the seat has caused some judicial watchers to wonder if Wallace might become the first sitting Justice not to win reappointment to a tenured seat.   The Senate Judiciary Committee has a meeting on May 13, and there is a requirement that notice of a judicial nomination be submitted seven days in advance.  While the Senate can be somewhat flexible in their scheduling, May 6 might be the deadline.  The Senate has a voting session scheduled for May 20.  There is no holdover status for judges.

A political consideration for Christie: Wallace is the only African American on the Supreme Court, and is one of two South Jerseyans.

Updated at 9:47 AM Wallace Watch