Court denies Democrats’ request of emergent relief for removing Perez

A Superior Court judge denied a request by the Senate’s top lawmaker to have a Gov. Chris Christie appointee immediately removed from Rutgers’ Board of Governors.

According to court documents obtained by PolitickerNJ Tuesday evening, Judge Susan Reisner denied a request by Senate Democrats for emergent relief in their effort to block Christie’s appointment of Martin Perez to the governing body.

Earlier in the day, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced he initiated court proceedings in an effort to remove Perez from the board, citing residency requirements. The court filings also sought emergent relief.

Reisner’s signed paperwork Tuesday indicated the “application does not concern a genuine emergency.”

Sweeney argues Christie’s appointment fails to meet a Camden County residency requirement set forth in the higher education restructuring statute.

Meanwhile, a Christie spokesman said in a statement the administration is confident the courts will uphold Perez’s appointment despite the Senate lawmaker’s claims.

“We’re confident that Martin Perez was seated on the Board of Governors in full compliance with the Restructuring Act and that his appointment will withstand any legal scrutiny,” said Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak.

Court denies Democrats’ request of emergent relief for removing Perez