NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court says
the state's judges don't have to contribute more to their pensions and health
Tuesday's 3-2 ruling follows a challenge by a state Superior Court judge in
Judge Paul DePascale sued last year, saying a new law requiring increased
contributions violates another law that set judges' salaries and said they
cannot be reduced.
Attorneys for the state argued that law doesn't apply to other compensation
such as pension and health benefits.
Gov. Chris Christie pushed for the legislation and has been critical of
judges who have opposed it. He has said he would consider putting the issue
before voters in November if the courts didn't rule his way.