Well, not quite. But Governor Christie’s press office would like you to know that Governor Christie’s latest supreme court nominee, Bruce Harris, would be President Obama’s kind of judge. The claim was made in a truly bizarre advocacy memo released by Governor Christie’s office in anticipation of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings, which begin today. News reports suggest that the nomination will be rejected, so the memo appears to be a desperate, last minute attempt to persuade Democratic senators that they should support Harris because President Obama would support him.
Once safely on the court, Harris is likely to shed any pretense of conservatism and revert to stereotype. . . . Harris is a Morris County Republican. These guys are born with bleeding hearts. The typical Morris Republican would qualify as a liberal Democrat in any of the more rural counties where Republican voters are concentrated in this state.
[T]he New Jersey Supreme Court has profoundly transformed the Garden State by seizing control of school funding, hijacking zoning powers from towns and cities to increase subsidized housing, and nullifying taxpayer protections in the state constitution. Its undemocratic actions have blown apart the state’s finances and led to ill-conceived and ineffective policies.