Judge John A. Sweeney Named Assignment Judge of Burlington Vicinage

Winnie Comfort, AOC
Leigh Eastty, Burlington Vicinage, 609-518-2512
June 29, 2000

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge John A. Sweeney as the Assignment Judge of the Burlington Vicinage, where he currently serves in the Criminal Division. He will succeed Judge Harold B. Wells III, who was recently appointed to the Appellate Division.

"Judge Sweeney has served as presiding judge in both the family and civil divisions in Burlington and is a proven leader and talented trial judge," said Chief Justice Poritz. "His experience and dedication will allow for a smooth transition for vicinage staff and continued good service for the public."

A graduate of LaSalle University and Seton Hall University School of Law, Judge Sweeney was appointed to the Superior Court in Burlington County by former Gov. James J. Florio in 1992. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he had served in both the legislative and executive branches of New Jersey government, first in the New Jersey General Assembly, then as Chief Counsel to the Governor, and finally as Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Department of Law and Public Safety. He was a partner in the firm of Sweeney & Sweeney in Mt. Holly from 1966 until 1990, when he joined the Governor's office.

Judge Sweeney, 58, and his wife Theresa live in his hometown of Florence in Burlington County. They have been married for 35 years and have three children, Christine Skinner, Theresa Corson, and John A. Sweeney, IV and two grandchildren, Daniel and Shannon Skinner. In his free time, Judge Sweeney enjoys playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

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