Judge Not

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tom Moran, political columnist for The Star-Ledger, looks at Governor Christie's move to oust sitting NJ Supreme Court Justice John Wallace. Plus it's election day for many New Jersey towns, including Newark; and a breakdown of the Governor's proposals for restructuring public employee contracts.


Tom Moran

Comments [9]

Fran from Short Hills, NJ

Nj has had one of the most respected judicial systems in the country, with a traditional balance of Republican and Democratic judges and judicial independence. The fact that both former Gov. Kean and 8 retired Supreme Court Justices and the current chief justice have all spoken out against this move is an indication of this issue's importance. It needs a lot more public and media attention. This is Christie's version of FDR's "court-packing."

May. 14 2010 11:04 AM
Gigi from Bedminster, NJ

Christie hasn't mentioned asking school administrators to freeze their pay- just the teachers. Teachers are not protecting the school administrators. The administrators have their own union. No one seems to realize that. The teachers have NJEA and the school administration has a separate union.

Why does Christie's wife have two aides? I understand they are being paid $100,000/aide by NJ residents? Does anyone know the answer to that? And doesn't the wife make $400,000 per year? No wonder he doesn't wish to tax the wealthy.

May. 12 2010 01:08 PM

What people want!

Everybody wants a lot and nobody wants to pay.

One traffic light costs a lot of money, a one room schoolhouse costs a lot of money, a sewage pipe or drainage ditch costs a lot of money. People need services for the families they want to raise, but nobody wants to pay. Then when they grow older they don't need all those services, but other people who want to raise families do.

May. 11 2010 11:22 AM
John from office

The fact that blacks in Newark view Mr. Booker as not balck enough is indicative of all the problems with african americans. Let them have their Sharpe James's and al Sharpton's. Crooks with skin color.

May. 11 2010 10:21 AM
Brian from Hoboken

Christie needs to divide and conquer when it comes to public employees. I believe in paying teachers and cops bu when every town has 6 vice principals makin $145k and 1 police sargent making $120k for every 2 or 3 regular cops something is wrong. What real business needs that sort of ridiculous top heavy high earners? The every day teachers should stop blindly defending their overpaid underworked bosses. Likewise for the cops and firemen.

May. 11 2010 10:19 AM
kbinps from Park Slope

if you retired wouldn't you leave New Jersey if you could. Bloomberg says if we enact a tax on the rich they'll leve New York. Nonsense. People (especially rich people) want to live in New York.

May. 11 2010 10:19 AM
JT from Long Island

Can they just dismantle NJ and start over? It seem that they're problems will never be solved because everyone wants it their way.

May. 11 2010 10:11 AM
Joseph Wallace from Franklin Township, NJ

While the state of New Jersey is in deep financial trouble, Governor Chris Christie and all his supporters need to realize that the jobs being cut represent actual people and are not just statistics. The backlash against state workers and teachers at this point in time and it's astounding. The policies that put NJ in debt did not come solely from the workers but from policy makers on both sides of the issue (unions and legislators).

May. 11 2010 09:48 AM

CC should drop wallace that's his right and elections have consequences! now he should get back to cutting those taxes.
on an interesting side note I did not realize NJ did not have an independent judiciary. this reminds me of when musharraf fired the judges. strange law, but in the state of 1000 governments nothing surprises me.

May. 11 2010 09:05 AM

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