SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield’s own Robert J. Jones was nominated by Governor Chris Christie earlier this week for appointment to New Jersey’s Superior Court. If the nomination is confirmed by the State Senate, Jones would be sworn in for an initial term of seven years and hear cases involving criminal, civil and family law at the Superior Court level within Middlesex County.
“I have known Bob 10 years both personally and professionally and I feel the governor is making a great choice,” said South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh.
The Garden State appoints rather than elects all state-level court judges and is one of only eight states in the country in which no judges stand for election. Nominations, however, are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate and no judicial nomination can move forward until the senator or senators representing the district and/or county in which the candidate lives give their approval.
To be eligible to serve, one needs to have practiced law in New Jersey for at least 10 years and be under the age of 70. Jones, who grew up in South Plainfield and graduated from Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark, was admitted to the bar in 1993. He has been a solo practice in Iselin since 2011, focusing his practice on appellate litigation. Prior, Jones was with Convery & Shihar in Edison (1995 to 1997) and LRW Consulting in South Plainfield (1997 to 2010).
Jones is also is an adjunct instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, attorney for the boards of adjustment in South Plainfield and East Brunswick and, in the past, served as a member of the South Plainfield Board of Education (2007 to 2010) and member of the South Plainfield Zoning Board (2010). He was inducted into the South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame in 2008.
“I have found him to be the most thorough board attorney I have dealt with during my time as mayor,” said Anesh. “He will make an excellent judge and I wish him all the best and much future success.”
Council President Derryck White added, "Bob will make an excellent judge. Over the years, as I have gotten to known him, I have found him to be a fair-minded, critical thinker.”
As a Superior Court judge, Jones would receive an initial seven-year term and then come up for reappointment, according to http://www.njspotlight.com. At the time of reappointment, the governor at the time shall then decides whether to return the judge to the court and, if reconfirmed, the judge will receive tenure until age 70, when he/she, under the constitution, must retire. There is a Superior Court in each of the New Jersey’s 21 counties with approximately 370 Superior Court trial judges in the state.
“I am extremely excited that he has reached this milestone goal in his career and I know regardless of the court he is assigned to that he will be an asset to it and the residents of Middlesex County,” said White.