Christie nominates Judge Escandon for tenure


Judge Paul X. Escandon

Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that he has nominated Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon for reappointment to the bench.  Should Escandon be be confirmed by the State Senate, he will be a tenured Judge eligible to serve until the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Escandon was appointed to the Superior Court in 2009 by Governor Jon Corzine.  His service on the bench became a matter of public controversy when Governor Chris Christie lent a sympathetic ear to Rachel Alintoff, whose divorce was being presided over by Escandon, during a Town Hall Meeting in Garfield, Bergen County, on May 2, 2012.  Alintoff complained to Christie that Escandon stripped her of her parental rights as a punishment for seeking an Order of Protection against her estranged husband in New York and that the Judge ordered her estranged husband, who she said makes over $500,000 per year on Wall Street, to provide only $1000 per month in support for her and her son.

Christie used the interaction with Alintoff to rail against activist Judges.  He noted that there are only two ways to get a Judge off the bench; to not reappoint or confirm them or to impeach them.  Christie said he could not recall a New Jersey Judge ever being impeached.

In subsequent Town Hall meetings, Christie has said that bias in the Family Courts throughout the state is among the most common complaints he and his office receives from New Jersey residents.

Since the controversy ensued, Escandon has been transferred out of the Family Law Division of the Court.  He served in the Criminal Division and now serves in the Civil Division where he hears landlord/tenant matters.

Alintoff has lead a relentless media and litigation campaign against the Monmouth County Family Court.  She has accused the Judges who have replaced Escandon on her divorce case, which is still ongoing, of similar favoritism towards her husband.  She has filed a RICO action against Christie and the Judiciary in Federal Court and she filed a Petition of Impeachment against Escandon with the State Assembly. She has complained that the Long Branch Police Department, which supervises the transfer of the Alintoff’s child between the parents, has allowed her estranged husband to assault her on Police property.

Posted: May 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, NJ Courts | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Christie nominates Judge Escandon for tenure”

  1. Cecilia Sparks said at 4:33 pm on May 18th, 2016:

    Christie’s aware of the failures of this man as a conscientious human being, and he’s still giving him a pass and a promotion (of sorts)? This is a sick society of politicians, judges, and attorneys who scratch each others’ backs. Let’s have some oversight. My vision of justice learned in my youth has been destroyed by the antics of these courts and the bar.

  2. Rachel Alintoff said at 3:45 pm on May 19th, 2016:

    Judge Paul Escandon is being investigated by the FBI according to dozens of attorneys in Monmouth and law clerks who have confirmed that his illegal mortgage fraud has been on the FBI’s radar for quite a while. Governor Christie is well aware of Escandon’s unethical and illegal activity on the bench. It is beyond comprehension that this judge would even be considered for tenure after all the damage he has caused to children when he sat on the family court bench. He continues to be unlawful as a landlord/tenant judge in civil division. Everyone should come to Trenton Monday and voice their outrage. Maybe the judiciary committee will vote “no” for tenure and do what is right for the people of NJ.

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