I mentioned several weeks ago the effort to remove the protections for judicial salaries found in the NJ constitution, a response to the hue and cry from the state’s governor when a court struck down his plans to alter the retirement and other judicial benefits because of these provisions.
The ideas have now been introduced as ACR 208 and SCR 241. Although the text of the constitutional amendments are not yet ready, the legislature’s bill tracking system indicates they are intended as “clarifying Legislature’s authority to pass laws requiring contributions from justices’ and certain judges’ salaries to help fund employee benefits.”
It is unclear how far, if at all, these efforts will get. The House and Senate are both Democratically controlled, while the bills’ sponsors are Republicans. Moreover, legislative leadership has indicated no interest in pursuing these bills (h/t Gavel Grab).