New Jersey Gov. Dumps State's Only Black Supreme Court Justice

Chris Christie was determined to make the court more conservative and Justice John Wallace got the hatchet.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is determined to make the New Jersey Supreme Court more to his liking and did so by replacing John Wallace, a Democrat and the only African American on the bench, with Anne Patterson, a white Republican

[A] coalition of African-American leaders blasted Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to re-nominate state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace late last week at the Statehouse.

Christie has long criticized the Supreme Court as too liberal. Wallace was nearing the end of a seven-year term and Christie simply refused to reappoint him even though reappointment had been the practice even when a governor had political differences with a judge.

In fact, this is the first time since 1947 that a New Jersey governor has not reappointed a judge who had completed an initial seven-year term.