NJEA says Christie playing politics with high court

TRENTON – The state’s largest teachers union is calling on Gov. Chris Christie to “stop playing politics” with his Supreme Court nominees.

The New Jersey Education Association issued a statement this week following Christie’s Montville town hall, where the governor told residents he ran on a platform of vowing to change the makeup of the state’s high court.

Christie has long argued the so-called Abbott ruling, which gives weight to certain at-risk school districts, should be adjusted.

“Gov. Christie’s continued disrespect for the independence of the judiciary should be troubling to every New Jersey voter,” said Barbara Keshishian, president of the NJEA.

“He’s been very clear that he expects the judges he appoints to overturn established law in New Jersey before they even get a chance to hear a case or review any arguments on their merits,” she said.

” … We call on Gov. Christie to stop playing politics with judicial appointments and instead nominate qualified and capable judges who will rule strictly according to the law, not according to the political objectives of the governor or any other person or institution.”

During the town hall, Christie again called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to stop collecting a state paycheck because of his apparent refusal to allow Christie’s two nominees to the court to get a Senate hearing.

Keshishian said the NJEA commends Sweeney for his “principled stand in support of an independent judiciary.”

NJEA says Christie playing politics with high court