TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said he wants the state Constitution changed to allow for judicial pension and benefit contribution hikes to go into effect – as they are for all other state employees. Today, he forwarded the proposed language change to the leadership offices of both chambers, according to spokesman Michael Drewniak.
The proposal was sent as a simple paragraph with language inserted into Article VI, Section 6, Paragraph 6 of the state Constitution.
Previously the paragraph read: “The Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Superior Court shall receive for their services such salaries as may be provided by law, which shall not be diminished during the term of their appointment. They shall not, while in office, engage in the practice of law or other gainful pursuit.”
The amendment adds onto the end of the first sentence, “provided that such salaries may be diminished during such term by pension, health, and other benefit contributions as may be provided by law from time to time.”
Democratic officials were not immediately available to comment on the future of the amendment.
Earlier this week, Sen. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park, said she would sponsor the amendment in the Legislature.