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Poll: Should Judges Pay More for Health Benefits?

Legislature overwhelmingly votes to allow citizens to decide whether to change state Constitution

The state's voters will decide this fall whether the New Jersey Constitution should be amended to allow legislators to force members of the judiciary to pay more for their health and pension benefits.

Only three members of the Legislature voted against the measure, which was swiftly passed after a divided state Supreme Court ruled that requiring greater contributions is tantamount to a pay cut, forbidden by the Constitution. 

"Rarely has the public seen such unanimity between the legislative and executive branches that the judicial branch was dead wrong," Gov. Chris Christie told the Star-Ledger. 

The top court's majority ruled that the Constitution's prohibition on pay cuts protects the judiciary from partisan meddling while the state argued that health and pension benefits cannot be considered salary.

What do you think? Should the Constitution be amended? Should judges be forced to shoulder a greater share of their benefits? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.   

patrick allgor September 03, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Why should they get a break !!
Marlboro Mann October 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
They should pay. After all, they make us pay for everything else COAH, ABBOTS, etc
alinsky October 04, 2012 at 09:46 PM
ELIMINATE ALL PENSIONS!! $4 Billion in immediate tax relief!!! Let's vote. It's our money and we want to vote on how it's spent.
George Clark October 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Wow! I guess they should have judged not because now it's there turn to be judged. i see we all are in agreement that lawyers and judges are a bunch of crooks paid to distort or hide the truth. The supreme court with jobs for life is a total disgrace and very stupid way to run our judicial system. These holier then us judges should be brought back down to earn. Let's strip them of their so called honor and see what they are really hiding under their robes. lol
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