Judge OK's delay in Corzine e-mail release

June 24, 2008 11:21:19 AM PDT
A judge has approved New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine's request to delay the public release of e-mails exchanged with a state worker union leader the governor once dated.

Superior Court Judge Paul Innes granted the stay in an order signed Monday and released Tuesday by the court.

Corzine's administration requested the stay so they can appeal Innes' May 30 ruling that deemed e-mails Corzine and his staff exchanged with Carla Katz as public information. Innes ruled their relationship "created a clear potential for conflict."

The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Tom Wilson, the state Republican Party chairman. Wilson questioned whether the e-mail tainted state worker contract talks.