Stuart Rabner

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Stuart Rabner
Current Court Information:
New Jersey Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $193,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Jon Corzine
Active:   2007-2014
Past post:   New Jersey Attorney General
Past term:   2006-2007
Past post 2:   U.S. Attorney's Office
Past term 2:   1986-2006
Personal History
Born:   June 30, 1960
Undergraduate:   Princeton University, 1982
Law School:   Harvard Law School, 1985

Stuart Rabner is the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Jon Corzine, a Democratic governor, and took office on June 29, 2007.[1] His current term expires on June 29, 2014, when it will be up to Governor Chris Christie to reappoint him or not.[2] The New Jersey Bar Association has endorsed his reappointment, saying that "it would be an unprecedented intrusion of politics into the third coequal branch" for Gov. Christie to not do so.[3]


Rabner received his undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985.[1]


  • 2007-2014: Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2006-2007: Chief counsel, Gov. Jon Corzine
  • 1986-2006: U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 1985-1986: Law clerk, U.S. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Rabner received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.67, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.05 that justices received in New Jersey. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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