If you want to know what is wrong with New Jersey, just wrap your mind around this: Municipalities will jump through hoops to make sure that the attorneys they hire are compliant with politically correct affirmative action mandates, but they will not make sure that the attorneys they hire are eligible to practice law in New Jersey. No kidding.
Take the case of John Cesaro, a Freeholder in Morris County and candidate for the State Legislature. Cesaro holds a whole lot of jobs that require an active law license, as his personal financial disclosure statements make clear:
The municipalities that hire Freeholder Cesaro make him sign disclosures that bind him to upholding... "county employment goals determined by the Affirmative Action office..." and to give written notice of this to "employment agencies, placement bureaus, colleges, universities, labor unions..."
A great many paragraphs are devoted to these concerns:
But apparently, maintaining an up-to-date license to practice law is not a concern in New Jersey, because nobody seems to make you sign a disclosure about that.
An October 19, 2016 order by the New Jersey State Supreme Court, reflected in a search of the New Jersey Attorney Index, notes that attorney John Cesaro has been administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey since October 21, 2016 for failure to maintain compliance with the requirements of Rule 1:28A-2(d). The failure by these local governments to ensure that Cesaro was eligible to practice law could pose serious problems for those towns.
The outcome of any case in which Cesaro served as a prosecutor or public defender could now be called into question by those involved. They could all be subject to motions to vacate, or requests for a new trial. Any party dissatisfied with an outcome could bring such a motion. This could end up costing these towns big -- and leave property taxpayers with a enormous bill.