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Injudicious Politicking with the Judiciary

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Gov. Christie is the only New Jersey governor since the New Jersey Constitution was adopted who has, on policy grounds, refused to nominate a sitting state Supreme Court judge for tenure. He offended the separation of powers and took the unprecedented move of refusing to re-nominate Justice John Wallace in 2010. He has attacked judges personally for issuing rulings that he disagreed with and has expressed his desire to reverse groundbreaking decisions — most notably, Abbott and Mt. Laurel — by reshaping the makeup of the state’s highest court.68

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68 Corriher, Billy, and Brown, Alex, “Chris Christie’s War on Judicial Independence,” Center for American Progress, January 2014 https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ChristieJudicial-report-Feb.pdf

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