Two Jersey City Municipal Court Judges and a partner in Scarinci Hollenbeck, the Secaucus-based, politically connected law firm, have been nominated by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to be judges on the Hudson County Superior Court.  The news was first reported by the New Jersey Globe.

Nominated by the Governor are:

  • Carlos Abad, the Chief Judge in the Jersey City Municipal Court.  Appointed to the court by former Mayor Jeramiah Healy, Abad’s selection as Chief Judge was initially blocked by Mayor Steven Fulop when he was still a Councilman running for Mayor.  Fulop eventually reappointed Abad.
  • Margaret Marley, a full-time judge in Jersey City who was also appointed to the court by then-Mayor Healy fourteen years ago.  At the time, the city was in the midst of a parking ticket-fixing scandal.
  • Michael Jimenez, a law partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck.  Jimenez serves as Guttenberg Municipal Attorney, a special counsel to North Bergen’s Board of Education, and the Hudson County Schools of Technology labor counsel.  He’s also been counsel to the Fairview and Weehawken Boards of Education, and was a municipal prosecutor for numerous towns in North Jersey.

The New Jersey Senate must confirm Murphy’s selections before joining the bench.