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Drop tix-fix charges against Rosen


The state attorney general has dropped all charges filed against former Jersey City Municipal Court Judge Irwin Rosen, who was swept up in a ticket-fixing scandal that resulted in five Jersey City municipal judges leaving the bench; including the chief judge at the time, Wanda Molina.

"I am vindicated and justice has prevailed," Rosen, 54, said yesterday at the offices of his Jersey City attorneys Peter Willis and John Young. Rosen received a ticket in September 2004 for parking in front of Temple Beth-El on Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. But parking rules had been suspended that day for Rosh Hashanah.

Rosen got into hot water when he dismissed the ticket himself in court. He was involuntarily suspended as judge when this information was revealed two years ago. The attorney general's letter of dismissal states that following an investigation, "dismissal is appropriate and in the best interest of justice."

Rosen has continued to practice law as a private attorney in Jersey City. As for donning a judge's robe again, Rosen said: "If it happens, it will feel great. If it doesn't happen, it will
still feel great to know my name has been cleared. It's a great honor to be chosen, and it's a great honor to serve the community you were born and raised in. It's an opportunity to give back."

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said he was pleased charges against Rosen were dropped. "He's a wonderful member of the Jersey City community and did a great job as a judge in the Jersey City Municipal Court," Healy said. "If there is any opening at the Municipal Court, I could not think of a better person to fill the spot."

Rosen was born in Jersey City and studied law at Seton Hall University.