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Ocean County Prosecutor to be Nominated as Superior Court Judge

Marlene Lynch Ford on track to again serve as a Superior Court judge

It appears Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford is poised to return to her former job as a Superior Court judge.

Gov. Christie on Monday filed a notice of intent to nominate Ford to again serve on the bench, said Ford on Tuesday afternoon. (That is also confirmed on the state legislature's website.)

"I don't know yet where I will be assigned, that's up to the chief justice," said Ford, who lives in Toms River. "It depends where the need is."

The governor is required by the state Constitution to file a notice of intent seven days before nominating candidates to serve as Superior Court judges, Ford explained.

Ford's five-year appointment as county prosecutor expired on June 26, 2012, but she said last year that she would be legally required to continue in her role until a successor is appointed. She had been appointed by Gov. Corzine in June 2007.

The senate has not yet voted to confirm Coronato, according to a staff member in Coronato's law office, Coronato, Brady and Kunz, 12 Madison Ave., Toms River.

Coronato, a longtime Toms River resident and attorney, was not immediately available for comment.

When Coronato's nomination was made last June, Ford said at the time that she hoped to serve in another public capacity, but that nothing had been offered to her at that time.

Ford, a former state Assembly member, was nominated in 1992 by Gov. Florio to be a Superior Court judge, according to her bio. (To see past story with Ford's attached bio, click here.)

Ford served in the family division for four years and for ten years in the civil division. In 2006, she was appointed by Chief Justice Zazzali to be Presiding Judge of the Family Division.

LT Guy February 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I don't know what angel touched you, or where you were touched, but you need to take your blinders off. Prosecutor Ford is part of the machine that abuses those who innocently get in their way. I can give you examples if need be. How does one go from being a judge, to not being a judge, to being a judge again? That doesn't sound fishy to you? Let's get real.
ballyjduf February 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM
What a great job she did , thank you for your service . You should be proud of yourself Marlene
charlotte February 28, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Has been a leader for years. Congratulations Marlene.
YellowBird March 01, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Horrible ...HORRIBLE choice. She was a LOUSY Judge the 1st time & an even WORSE Prosecutor !! I wonder Who ..er What she's doin to get this ???!?
Rosalie Burrows March 28, 2013 at 01:56 PM
A comment like this - sexist and ugly - says far more about you than it does about the subject.

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