New Jersey’s top federal judge to step down

    From the Associated Press:

    New Jersey’s top federal judge says he’s going to step down as chief judge in January. But Judge Garrett Brown Jr. may continue as a senior judge after he gives up his administrative duties.

    The 68-year-old Brown has been on the federal bench since he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. He’s been chief judge in the state’s federal court system for six years.

    U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle is in line for the chief judge spot.

    Brown tells The Star-Ledger that he hopes President Barack Obama and the Congress will move quickly to fill a vacancy on New Jersey’s busy federal bench.

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