Gary Stein (judge)

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Gary S. Stein is a United States attorney and former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, He served on New Jersey's Supreme Court for 17 years where he wrote over 365 published opinions. From 1982 until 1985, he served as the Director of the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning. He also served as the Paramus Borough Attorney and serves on the boards of Trustees of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He attended and graduated with a B.A. from Duke University in 1954 and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1956.[1]

On December 19, 2007 the New Jersey Casino Control Commission announced that Stein would serve as conservator of the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City following the denial of the license renewal and removal of Adamar of New Jersey, the casino licensee and its parent company, Kentucky based Columbia Sussex Corporation.[2] Since his retirement from the bench, Stein has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers School of Law - Newark.[3]

The Elizabeth Board of Education paid Stein $500,000 to write a report denying a series of articles authored by Ted Sherman that appeared in the The Star-Ledger. The stories outlined patterns of corruption including thievery in the school lunch program, illegal political influence related to school jobs and employees being subjected to shakedowns for campaign contributions. Although the school board president was among several people arrested in connection to the free lunch scandal, Stein concluded that the newspaper reports were inaccurate.[4]

Sherman also reported that millions of taxpayer dollars had been spent to hush-up legal complaints filed against the district.[5] Stein dismissed those expenditures and the illegal actions that brought on hundreds of lawsuits for wrongful termination, extortion, political retribution and other causes.

Stein is the father of five children by his wife Et Stein and the grandfather of 16. He currently works at Pashman Stein in Hackensack, New Jersey, where his son Michael is the owner.