N.J. prosecutor switch comes with questions | Editorial

About 18 months ago, this space complained that New Jersey governors have played the “county prosecutor-in-limbo” game too often.

County prosecutors get five-year terms. They’re nominated by the governor, and are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

But, once those terms end, prosecutors can stay on as holdover appointments as long as a governor desires. Unless the governor renominates the sitting prosecutor, or someone else the Senate ultimately approves, the concept of checks and balances is eroded.

That brings us to current Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton, who has been in the post since 2002. …read more

Source: NJ.com Cumberland

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