Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday nominated eight lawyers to the Superior Court — two in Atlantic County and one each in Camden, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth and Somerset counties.
The appointments, if confirmed, would help make a dent in the 54 vacancies among 441 judgeships statewide.
The nominees are:
• Michael Blee (Atlantic). A Republican from Linwood, Blee is the municipal judge for Linwood and Northfield, counsel for Galloway and Absecon, the public defender for Margate and Brigantine, and the Somers Point planning board attorney. He has had his own general practice in Absecon since 2007 and before that was with Rovillard & Blee in West Atlantic City from 2002 -07; Tuohy, Tuohy & Blee in Atlantic City, 1992-2002; Megargee, Youngblood, Franklin & Corcoran in Pleasantville, 1990-92; and Savio, Reynolds & Drake in Absecon, 1988-90. He spent a year prior to that with Sprecher, Felix, Visco, Hutchinson & Young in Philadelphia. Blee is a graduate of Rutgers Law School-Camden and Dickinson College.
• Noah Bronkesh (Atlantic). A Democrat, Bronkesh has been a solo in Linwood since February, and before that was with the Atlantic City office of Hill Wallack since 2009. He practices commercial real estate and gaming law. Before joining Hill Wallack, he was with Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark from 1980 until 2009. Bronkesh graduated from New York University School of Law and Temple University.
• Steven Polansky (Camden). He is with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Cherry Hill, concentrating in complex insurance litigation. Before joining Marshall Dennehey, he was the managing partner at Spector Gadon & Rosen in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Law and Temple University.
• Cristen D’Arrigo (Cumberland). A Hopewell resident and a Republican, D’Arrigo has been with his firm, D’Arrigo & D’Arrigo, since 1989, when he graduated from Rutgers Law School-Camden. He also received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Camden.
• Christopher Garrenger (Hunterdon). A Lambertville resident, he is an assistant deputy public defender in the Mercer County office.
• Janetta Marbrey (Mercer). A Ewing resident, she is an assistant Mercer County prosecutor.
• Peter Warshaw (Monmouth). A Republican from Middletown, Warshaw has been the Monmouth County prosecutor since January 2011 and has spent his entire career at the office, beginning as an assistant prosecutor in 1987 and named as first assistant prosecutor in 2006. He is a graduate of Delaware Law School of Widener University and the University of Delaware.
• Michael O’Neill (Somerset). A Branchburg resident, he is a partner at Purcell, Mulcahy, O’Neill & Hawkins in Bedminster, practicing complex insurance litigation. He graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law and St. Francis College.
Christie also made nominations of two administrative law judges:
• Linda Kassekert, chairwoman of the Casino Control Commission since 2002. A Pennsauken resident, she also has worked as the assistant director for government relations at the New Jersey Education Association, as an assistant Camden County counsel and deputy commissioner at the state Department of Personnel. She is a graduate of Widener University School of Law and Gettysberg College. She is a Democrat.
• Damon Tyner, a litigation attorney with the Atlantic City office of Parker McCay. An Egg Harbor resident, Tyner is a graduate of Widener’s law school and Howard University.
Christie also nominated:
• Joan Adams, of Swedesboro’s Adams & Adams, to be judge of the Joint Municipal Court of Franklin Township in Gloucester County. She is a Swedesboro resident and a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and the University of Delaware.
• Red Bank solo Michael Pugliese, a resident of that town, as judge of the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet, Keyport and Matawan.
• Todd Mayo, of East Brunswick’s Mayo & Russ, as a workers’ compensation judge. Mayo, who represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, has been with the firm since 1997. He is the chief municipal judge in East Brunswick. He lives in South Brunswick and is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Kean University.
The party affiliations of Garrenger, Marbrey, O’Neill, Polansky, Tyner, Mayo, Adams and Pugliese were not immediately available.
All the nominations must be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and approved by the full Senate. •