Sunday, May 30, 2010

Christie as FDR

"Once again showing that he means to shake up Trenton, Gov. Christopher J. Christie declined on Monday to reappoint a sitting justice to the New Jersey Supreme Court, instead appointing someone who he said would show the restraint that was missing from the court. ... Justice [John] Wallace's departure also means that for the first time in 16 years, the court will not have a black justice. If confirmed by the State Senate, Mr. Christie's appointment of Anne M. Patterson, a Morris County lawayer, will give the court its first female majority. Speaking to reporters in Trenton, Mr. Christie had only kind words for Justice Wallace, but he described the historically liberal court as 'out of control' over the last three decades, usurping the roles of the governor and the Legislature is setting social and tax policies", Richard Perez-Pena at the NYT, 4 May 2010, link:

Go Christie. If FDR could threaten to "pack" pack the Supreme Court, I see no reason you can't unpack New Jersey's Supreme Coirt.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He's got the wind at his back...

"...Mr. Christie will have a chance to reshape the court. In his four-year term, five of its seven members (including Justice Wallace) will reach either mandatory retirement or the end of their initial seven-year appointments.