- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that adds 20 new judges to New Jersey’s Superior Court system and boosts spending by $9.3 million to pay for that expansion.

The judges are needed to handle an anticipated rise in court activity caused by a major overhaul of the state’s bail system that took effect Jan. 1.

The Republican governor signed the bill Monday, the same day the state senate’s Judiciary Committee approved 12 judicial nominees who are expected to get final approval Tuesday. That would bring the number of judges statewide to 429, reducing New Jersey’s judicial vacancy rate to its lowest in a decade.

The 20 new judges will boost the state’s complement of judges to 463. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will decide where they are assigned.

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