The Honorable Mike Blee will be the next New Jersey Superior Court Assignment Judge for the Atlantic - Cape May County vicinage, effective March 1, 2022.
The news has been officially confirmed by Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court.
Blee was previously the Presiding Judge.
Blee will takeover for The Honorable Judge Julio Mendez. Mendez was from Camden, but, quickly earned respect for his fairness and even-handed judicial temperament in Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
Mendez served as the Assignment Judge for the past 10 years and he will retire after a total of 22 years on the bench.
The appointment of Blee for this important position demonstrates the first impact of the election of New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina.
Polistina has been very smart in cultivating a collegial working relationship with both Democrats and Republicans, including Governor Phil Murphy.
Polistina’s efforts have proven helpful to keep this a local appointment.
“I want to congratulate Judge Mike Blee on his appointment as the assignment judge for the Atlantic - Cape May County Vicinage,” said Polistina. “Judge Blee has had an exemplary record of service throughout his career and I look forward to working with him in his new role,” concluded Senator Polistina.
Blee is a life-long Atlantic County resident, who has earned the respect of both sides of the political aisle by not being political, or, even being perceived as so.
Blee served for 24 years in private practice before becoming a judge and working his way through the local and county ranks before becoming a New Jersey Superior Court Judge.
SOURCE: Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice, New Jersey State Supreme Court