The state’s longest-serving female Supreme Court Justice, Jaynee LaVecchia, is stepping down. LaVecchia will retire from the bench by the end of August, giving Gov. Phil Murphy the ability to reshape the court during his first term.
At 66 years old, LaVecchia is four years from the state’s mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices. In a statement on Monday, she said she would like more flexibility in her personal life, especially to enjoy more time with family.
LaVecchia was sworn in 2000 after being nominated by former Republican Gov. Christie Whitman and is the court’s only independent justice.