A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled that the New Jersey Constitution requires legal recognition of marriage for same-sex couples, and late last week the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously upheld that ruling. If you haven’t already, please read Matt Franck’s piece on the lower court ruling, and his subsequent blog post on the state supreme court.
I will remake the court and I will remake it in this one simple principle. If you [want to] legislate [then] run for the Legislature, don’t put on a black robe and go to the Supreme Court and there won’t be any justices that I either reappoint or put on that court that do that.
So has he lived up to that promise? Matt says that “Christie has been notably ineffective in his first term in reshaping a state supreme court that remains reliably liberal.” I think that is a very kind way of putting it.