PATERSON – The state Bar Association president said the governor’s comments about Mercer County Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg today were bully shots, again.
“Gov. Chris Christie’s comments today are yet another attempt to intimidate the courts and unduly influence the judicial process,” said Bar Association President Susan Feeney. “Further, his personal criticism of Mercer County Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg is unwarranted and irresponsible.”
The Bar Association’s release states that “Judge Feinberg has a sterling record for integrity as one of the most respected members of the New Jersey bench, as well as a long, distinguished career as a public official.
“While the Governor would have the public believe she made an arbitrary, self-interested decision, that is not the case,” according to the state Bar. “Her opinion in favor of Judge DePascale is based on a comprehensive legal analysis of the issues both parties in the case raised. Judge Feinberg did exactly what a judge is supposed to do: she applied the law – without concern for political retribution or the ‘pocketbook’ interests of herself and her colleagues.”
Today, a chorus of anonymous Christie critics was concocting a scenario where the Bar Association slapped Christie, a member, with an ethics complaint for disparaging a sitting judge, but guidelines for such a complaint would require proof that the attorney knowingly lied about a judge. A source knowledgeable of the statute said it would be very unlikely such a complaint would have any standing.
Also from the Bar: “The Governor’s continued attack on the Judiciary denigrates the separation of powers and the independence of the Judiciary as a separate branch of government. It is a blatant attempt to mislead the public and influence the judicial process and Supreme Court, which would eventually hear the state’s appeal of the decision.”