Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) called Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to re-appoint state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace “a big mistake.”
In a telephone interview with PolitickerNJ.com, the senate president said the governor’s move to pull the moderate African American Wallace and nominate former state Deputy Attorney General Anne Patterson ranked with Christie’s decision not to reinstate the millionaire’s tax as two of Sweeney’s biggest differences with the governor throughout the course of Christie’s 100-day plus tenure.
“If not higher,” Sweeney said. “It’s right there with the millionaire’s tax.
“Judge Wallace earned this, he worked for it,” Sweeney said of the lone African American juddge on the Supreme Court. “This is not an activist judge.”
The senate president culled a quote from Christie in which the governor described his ideal judge.
“I want someone who is extraordinarily bright and I want someone who will interpret laws and the Constitution, not legislate from the bench.”
“That’s John Wallace,” Sweeney said. “The justice he’s looking for is John Wallace. Faced with the same situation, Gov. Christie’s mentor, Gov. Kean, did not play into the hands of the ultra conservatives, but unfortunately, Gov. Christie has.
“Justice Wallace voted against Abbott,a as it currently exists, and against gay marriage. He is a moderate judge. For Gov. Christie to suggest otherwise is very sad.”