|STUART RABNER||STEVE FULOP|
|The Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court demonstrated sensitivity to public opinion by announcing a mandatory training program for all judges to enhance the ability to handle sexual assault and domestic violence issues. Rabner also moved to punish Judge John Russo more severely than the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct had recommended — and presumably helped nudge embattled Judge James Troiano into retirement.||On the heels of a hugely damning story by Bloomberg that raises questions about the ethics of the Jersey City Mayor/Bagel Store worker, a 22-year accounts payable clerk for the Jersey City Employment and Training Program says she was fired after reporting evidence of mismanagement — including checks made out to cash — by Sudham Thomas, a close Fulop ally the mayor sent to the agency to force the termination of former Gov. Jim McGreevey.|
|The Fairview Public Works Director was unopposed in his bid to succeed Louis Stellato as the Bergen County Democratic Chairman. Gov. Phil Murphy and about a half-dozen other county chairs attended the special election as a show of respect to the party leader n New Jersey’s biggest county.||The New Jersey daily newspaper chain this week announced that some of their stories will be available only to subscribers and that just seven stories a month will be available to non-subscribers, down from ten.|
|Patrick Murray, Samuel Wang, Ben Williams, Brigid Harrison, Ronald Chen and Yurij Rudensky create a strong working document outlining issues and recommendations on legislative redistricting.||The state appellate court reinstated a whistleblower lawsuit against the Cape May County Freeholder, who allegedly didn’t renew the contract of an employee who reported illegal actions taken by Thornton’s family in county jobs.|
& VIN GOPAL
|The two state senators led the charge to push for the ouster of judges who made controversial remarks in separate cases involving rape.||The Superior Court Judge faces removal after asking a witness if she tried to hold her legs together to avoid being raped.