Haines judgeship to be considered after election

State Sen. Philip Haines (R-Springfield) will remain in the Senate until after the November general election, and will become a Superior Court Judge during the Legislature's lame duck session, according to sources familiar with the pending appointment.

Haines, a 59-year-old Burlington County Republican who was elected in 2007 after years as the County Clerk and as a Freeholder, has spent much of this year angling for a judgeship. Democrats prefer that a special election for his seat be put off until November 2010, rather than this fall.

"The governor still has to come to bat."
—Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, on Atlantic City.