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Ballot question undermines judicial independence

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 12:01 am

Public Question No. 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot seeks to amend the New Jersey Constitution with the ultimate effect of reducing the take-home pay of sitting New Jersey judges. An Oct. 26 article said the public question was "facing little organized opposition." There is a very good reason why there is little organized opposition to the measure. The very targets of the constitutional amendment are strictly precluded by the Code of Judicial Conduct from taking part in any form of political activity, which would include organizing opposition to the amendment that will serve to reduce their salaries. The judiciary is in a predicament tantamount to Ryan Howard having to step up to home plate against Justin Verlander without a bat in his hands.

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