Attorney William Tambussi, who has argued on behalf of state Democrats in several legal cases against Republicans and the Christie administration, was nominated by the governor today to the Rutgers Board of Governors.
Tambussi, an ally of South Jersey power broker George Norcross and Senate President Steve Sweeney, was the lead attorney last year arguing the case against Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s extension of vote by mail deadlines in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. Tambussi argued that the decision was unconstitutional.
A Democrat, Tambussi famously fought another Guadagno decision – the one that jettisoned Democratic candidate Carl Lewis from the 8th Legislative District ballot on the basis of his inability to prove a sufficient period of New Jersey residency to run for the state Senate. That decision ultimately went against Lewis, who did not appear on the ballot.
Tambussi also fought the GOP on behalf of Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, which was also based on residency.
Under the higher education restructuring act one new seat on the Board of Governors is reserved for a Camden County resident. In December, Gov. Chris Christie nominated Martin Perez to the board, setting off a firestorm among Democrats, who accused the governor of disregarding the residency requirement.
Sweeney himself called the Perez appointment “back room deal making” and said Christie was skirting the law in order to curry favor with the Latino Community. Perez and his group, the Latino Leadership Alliance, recently endorsed Christie’s bid for re-election.