New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a new prosecutor for Cape May County and two Superior Court judges for tenure, along with asking the Senate to approve two new administrative law judges and a workers’ compensation judge.
On Thursday, Christie nominated Jeffrey Sutherland, who has run a firm in Seaville and Linwood since 2006, as Cape May County prosecutor. He would succeed Robert Taylor, who retired in September after 13 years in the position.
Christie nominated Superior Court Judges Angela Borkowski and Linda Grasso Jones for tenure.
For the administrative law judge posts, Christie nominated Andrew Baron of Scotch Plains and Ernest Bongiovanni of Wall.
Lastly, Christie nominated R. Louis Gallagher II of Florence to become a workers’ compensation judge.
All of the nominees must be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and be approved by the full Senate.
Sutherland, before forming his own firm in 2006, was with Schweller & Sutherland in Linwood for six years. He was a solo from 1995 to 2000 and was with the Valore Law Firm in Linwood from 1990 to 1995. He is a general practitioner.
Sutherland is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law and Bloomsburg University.
Borkowski currently is assigned to the Criminal Division in Hunterdon County.
in the Law Journal’s 2015 Superior Court Judicial Survey, Borkowski ranked seventh out of the 15 judges ranked in the Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren vicinage with an overall competency score of 8.14 out of a possible 10.
Her highest score, 8.94, was for being unbiased as to race, gender or party identity. Her lowest score, 7.50, was for being able to foster settlements skillfully.
Jones, now assigned to the Civil Division in Monmouth, ranked 21st out of the 26 judges surveyed in the Monmouth vicinage with an overall competency score of 6.8. Her best score, 7.86, was for being unbiased. Her lowest score, 6.16, was for being able to handle complex cases.
Baron, since 2006, has been with Rahway’s Kochanski, Baron & Galfy, where he focuses on real estate law and financial services.
He ran his own firm from 1986 to 2006. Baron is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and Drew University. He has a master’s degree from New York University.
Bongiovanni, since 2015, has run his own firm and is a general practitioner. From 2012 to 2015, he worked as an attorney for the state Department of Banking and Insurance, the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Law and Public Safety.
From 2007 to 2012, he was with Marriott, Callahan, Blair, Greer & Bongiovanni, and was with Bongiovanni & Pavliv from 1989 to 2006.
He is a graduate of Seton Hall’s law school and Rutgers University.
Gallagher, since 2005, has been an attorney with the Camden County Board of Social Services. He was a solo from 2002 to 2005. From 1996 to 2002, he was with Kessler, Tutek, Gladfelter, Sattin & Gallagher. He also was a solo from 1991 to 1995.
Gallagher is a graduate of California Western School of Law and the College of William & Mary.