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    New Jersey Associate Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto has decided he’ll vote on some of the state’s Supreme Court cases — provided temporary justice Edwin Stern’s vote won’t be a deciding factor.

    Soto announced earlier this month he won’t seek renomination as a justice after last month’s announcement in which he vowed to abstain from all votes.


    But as reports, the Republican has now decided to abstain from only those votes in which Stern plays a deciding role. Soto began abstaining back in May to protest the appointment of Stern, which he says wasn’t necessary to reach quorum and is therefore unconstitutional.

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