TRENTON - New Jersey judges are now among the highest-paid in the nation and municipalities can use cameras to nab drivers running red lights under laws signed by Gov. Corzine.
The judicial pay increases follow a 5.7 percent pay raise last year.
Judges will get an 11 percent pay hike and county prosecutors a 17 percent increase.
The raises, along with the other bills signed Monday, were approved last week on the final day of the legislative session and had to be signed by noon yesterday.
Under the bill, Superior Court judges get $165,000 a year, up from $149,000; appellate judges $175,600 a year, up from $158,500; associate Supreme Court justices $185,500 a year, up from $167,500; and the chief justice $192,795 a year, up from $173,500.
County prosecutors will see their pay go to $164,888 from $141,000. The bill also increases the minimum salary for county clerks, surrogates, deed and mortgage registers and sheriffs to $107,250 from $91,650.
Under the red-light bill, violators will be mailed tickets featuring images of their vehicle driving through an intersection when the light is red.
The state assesses two points against a license for motorists who fail to obey a traffic signal and charges fines of $85 to $140. Those caught on camera running a light would pay similar fines but wouldn't be assessed license points.
Corzine also signed bills to:
Require audits of election results in randomly selected districts.
Offer tax credits of up to $75 million for companies that build or lease offices within a half-mile of a transit station in Jersey City, Camden, Trenton, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, Elizabeth, East Orange and Hoboken.
Create a recycling program for electronics products. Manufacturers will pay an annual $5,000 fee to fund the program.
Require insurance coverage for artificial limbs.