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Thursday, October 11, 1984
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32b 6-B J Thursday, Oct 1 1, 1984 The Philadelphia Inquirer f Kean will nominate key aide Gary Stein to state Supreme Court By Joseph A. Slobodzian fcjuirtr Trinton Bureau TRENTON Gov. Kean said y ester- Anv that he wnitM nnmlnfllo one nf ! his key aides, Gary & Stein, to the state Supreme Court when Justice sioney m. acnreioer reacnes ine mandatory retirement age of 70 next month. In announcing his intention to appoint Stein, 51, of Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, Kean praised Stein's work as his director of policy and planning and said Stein possesses a depth of knowledge and ex-j perience which will be an asset to the Supreme Court" i Although Stein has never been a 'judge, Kean said he selected him from a dozen candidates based on the "brilliance" of his work on several complex problems, including his I role as one of the administration's ; chief negotiators with the legisla- rare on the compromise Transportation Trust Fund plan, a multibillion-; dollar mass-transit improvement ; package that became the key to pas-; sage of this year's state budget. I Stein, whose law degree is from ? Duke University, has spent much of I his legal career in municipal law. Stein's appointment drew criticism from some South Jersey legislators, I who have lobbied for several years , for a justice from the southern part , of the state. i "Upper Saddle River? That's not ! even south of New York City," said Assemblyman Dennis L. Riley (D., 1 Camden) who, as chairman of the 1 South Jersey Coalition of Democratic Legislators, has been active in pro , moting a justice from the south. , Riley noted that Stein is not a i judge and that the coalition had rec-j ommended to Kean in August three i "distinguished Republican jurists t from the lower eight counties. Riley said that Kean was "paying 1 lip service" to the needs of South ' Jersey. , Kean said yesterday, however, that , he did not believe in the concept of geographic balance in judicial ap-i pointments. "I don't think anybody's been more ' sensitive to South Jersey than I have ' on appointments," Kean said. "This ' administration has more people in ' high office from South Jersey than , any other administration in the , state's history, both in the cabinet . and in other high positions. "But when it comes to the court to ; serve the state as a whole, I think my In Deptf ord, road closing is opposed By Michael Gaimari Special to The Inquirer DEPTFORD More than 50 residents gathered at a special meeting last night in the township's municipal building to voice concern over the proposed closing of a mile of Cooper Street to allow for the continuing construction of Route 55. Most of the residents were concerned with safety, contending that one of the township's largest fire companies would be "cut off from nearly half the township. "I happen to be one of the men who will be answering those calls, and what am I going to tell them when their house went down and we were late?" asked Almonesson Lake Fire Chief Dick Stnibe. Engineering officals from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which called the meeting, Gloucester County and Deptford Township attempted to answer questions pertaining to the construction, which would close off the road between Almonesson and Good Intent Roads from mid-February to June 1. "If we lose a house, we can replace It" argued Harry Urban, a resident "Somebody'e life is more important than the road." Transportation department representatives Gene Blacow, Wayne Johnson and Frank Scymanskl told the the crowd that they would arrange private meetings with all concerned parties to work out a compromise. In addition to fire safety, several residents raised concerns about the possible changes in the elevation of Cooper Street access to private property, safety for school children and the covering over of drain vents during construction. "I signed agreements for specific elevations, and now they are different," said homeowner Gennaro Porco. "I can't even get in my driveway. If you're going to come along and change the plan, you should have condemned a few more houses and taken ownership." Scymanski said that while there had been a few changes in the plans, they were made to "lessen the impact" and property owners were "compensated." Officals said that construction on the Cooper Street Bridge over Route 55 would begin in early December, but that an access road would permit bridge use until mid-February. Motorist will then have to use Almonesson and Good Intent Roads as a detour. obligation is to appoint the best man or woman that I can find, regardless of ethnic origin, regardless of color, regardless of where they live, regardless of any other qualification," Kean said, State Sen. William L Gormley (R., Atlantic), who also has lobbied with Kean for a South Jerseyan on the Supreme Court, said he was "disappointed," but he said Stein was qualified and an appointee he could support "If yon look at things in their totality, Tom Kean has still done more for . South Jersey in terms of appointments than any previous administration," Gormley said. The last justice from South Jersey to serve on the state's highest court was Vincent S. Haneman of Atlantic City, who served from 1960 to 1971. In addition to regional political pride, Riley and his supporters have argued that there are practical reasons for appointing a justice from the southern part of the state. South Jersey lawyers trying to get signatures on emergency petitions or applications when the Supreme Court is not in session, Riley said, would not have to waste the time driving to the northern part of the state to the home offices of the seven current justices. Moreover, the legislators have said that South Jersey's largely rural nature, its coastline and the Pine Barrens region make it a unique area that should have some representation on the state's highest court If confirmed by the Senate, Stein would be Kean's second appointment , to the court. In 1982, the governor appointed Marie L. Garibaldi, the Supreme Court's first female justice. Supreme Court justices earn $78,000 annually and serve an initial term of seven years. If reconfirmed, they become tenured and serve until the mandatory retirement age of 70. Stein, who earns $70,000 in his current job, was born in Newark, N J. He received his law degree from Duke in 1956, graduating second in his Class. He has served as municipal attorney for Paramus, counsel to the state Election Law Revision Commission and attorney for the Teaneck Board of Adjustment. He has served on several state bar association committees, including its Judicial Selection Committee, the Constitutional Amendment Committee and the Court Modernization Committee. i j r r I ii mi U U EACH WAY Based on roundtrip purchase BE7) Now, USAJr offers new daily nonstop service to Orlando and TampaSt. Petersburg. 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