The constitutional battle over whether New Jersey judges can be made to pay more for health insurance and pensions seems to be on a fast track to the state Supreme Court.

Mercer County Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg on Wednesday refused to stay her decision that the 2011 Pension and Health Care Benefit Act, also known as Chapter 78, is invalid as applied to judges, whose salaries are protected from diminishment by N.J. Const. art. 6, § 6, ¶ 6 during their terms.

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