University of Denver

Gov. Christie Nominates Two for Supreme Court

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

Governor Chris Christie submitted nominees for two New Jersey supreme court vacancies to the senate. One of the nominees is a sitting superior court judge and, if confirmed, would be the first Asian American justice on the court; the other nominee is the director of the board of public utilities. In Christie’s view, the nominees represent a “political compromise” and “giving the Senate what they want on the court”—i.e., partisan balance and diversity. If confirmed, the seven-member supreme court would then consist of three Republicans, two Democrats, and two independents. The senate rejected two Christie nominees for the high court back in June.