The New Jersey judiciary may think it is on the right side of the law, but it's on the wrong side of public opinion when it comes to paying more for benefits, as has been demanded by the state Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie.
Indeed, 70 percent of those polled in a recent Rutgers-Eagleton survey say they would support a constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to require judges to pay more for their benefits, with just 18 percent opposed and 12 percent undecided. The state Supreme Court earlier this year ruled that the Legislature had no jurisdiction to require judges to pay more toward their pensions and health benefits.
The same poll found overwhelming support for the $750 million bond issue on this November’s ballet, with 62 percent in favor. That shows an increase from 56 percent a month ago. Only 27 percent of those polled said they were against the measure.