Melanie Appleby, the retired Ocean County superior court judge previously associated with the law firm of Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, has joined the law firm of a Democratic state senate candidate.
Appleby, who recently retired as a state superior court judge, is currently listed as an associate of the law firm of Democratic state senate candidate Amy Cores, who is running against incumbent Senator Bob Singer (R – Island Heights) over in the 30th legislative district.
Joins Democratic Firm After Jackson Hiring Derailed In January
Earlier in 2017, Appleby narrowly missed out on being appointed as the Jackson labor attorney while working as a solo practitioner following her retirement from the bench. The proximity of the hiring with a closed-door “political caucus” meeting of members of the Jackson Township Council and other Jackson political leaders at the law offices of Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore led some to question whether the hiring of Appleby was something ironed out between county and Jackson political leaders at the closed-door session.
In the days that followed the publication of an Ocean County Politics report publicizing of the planned hiring of Appleby by the Jackson Township Council, the resolution appointing her as the new labor attorney was suddenly withdrawn from the agenda at January’s council reorganization meeting, with no further explanation offered by Jackson officials.
Republican sources familiar with Appleby’s hiring said that the change in law firms is rooted more in a need for work than a shift in political ideology for Appleby.