Judge Kieser is up for a tenured appointment to the bench, and was appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was being questioned by Senator Nia Gill of Essex County.
It seems that during a child-support case three years ago, Judge Kieser told an African-American woman seeking financial support from her ex-husband for her daughter’s college tuition to not use him as a “cash register” and called the daughter a “sponge”.
And when the woman could not provide immediate proof of her daughter’s matriculation at college, the judge cited the anti-Asian racial slur “No tickee, no laundry”. Wonder what law school the judge attended ---- I do not remember learning that in any class at Seton Hall School of Law.
Kieser defended himself by saying that,
“The litigants were African-Americans and the racial slur, I think, was a slur against Asians. Again, there's no excuse for it. All I'm saying is, there is a difference - at least in my mind there is."Perhaps this is a judge that should be benched. But who am I to judge?