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Christie signs bill to add 20 judges as part of massive bail overhaul


Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law that will invest $9.3 million to add 20 judges to the bench across the state. The bipartisan measure to boost Superior Court judgeships is tied to sweeping changes to the state's bail system that took effect in the new year. The bill (S2850) cleared the Democratic-controlled Legislature with little trouble last month as the state prepared for bail system changes — which, among other things, will replace the state's cash bail system with one that chooses whether to jail defendants based on their risk to the community. more

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