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Cardinale and Kean Speak Out About Supreme Court Nomination

May 3, 2010

 

Gerald Cardinale

Gerald Cardinale

Senator Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s decision to not reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace to the New Jersey Supreme Court.  Cardinale stated:

“I would like to express my support for Governor Christie’s efforts to reform the New Jersey Supreme Court.  The people of our state elected Governor Christie to change New Jersey, and that change cannot succeed without making changes in the Supreme Court.”

“The Supreme Court was the engineer behind some of the most expensive and misguided policies that now plague our state, resulting in tens of billions of taxpayer dollars being wasted on continually failing Abbott schools and unnecessary COAH developments. This extrajudicial policymaking has resulted in skyrocketing property taxes, without the realization of any discernable benefit.”

“Like many of us, I believe that Governor Christie realizes that we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the Supreme Court any longer.  Quite simply, today’s actions are necessary if our efforts to make New Jersey more affordable are to succeed.”

Senate Republican Leader, Tom Kean, offered the following comments:

“I fully support the nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court.  She is an extraordinary person who is eminently qualified to serve on our state’s highest court.”

“Governor Christie has consistently stated that he believes the Court needs a change.  The Governor’s decision was based on the merits, and his constitutional authority to appoint his choice.”

“I urge the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate as a whole, to consider this nomination based on the merits of the candidate in a fair and timely manner.  I know that upon review, my colleagues will find that Anne Patterson is well-qualified and capable of serving on the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

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