Gov. Chris Christie has nominated the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court for tenure.
Christie announced Stuart Rabner’s re-nomination at a news conference Wednesday after brokering a deal with state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester. If confirmed as expected, the 53-year-old Democratic appointee could serve until the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Christie will have Sweeney’s support for Republican Judge Lee Solomon’s high court nomination in return.
A seventh seat on the court will remain vacant and will be filled temporarily by the most senior judge on the Superior Court.
The court has been a constant battleground between the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican governor since Christie took office in 2010.
Rabner has served as chief justice since 2007.