Author: Joshua Thompson
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is drawing some heat for failing to re-appoint Justice John Wallace to New Jersey's Supreme Court. You see, Justice Wallace is an African-American, so Governor Christie's decision is receiving criticism "because Wallace would at least diversify the bench."
Of course, Governor Christie's detractors fail to mention that his appointee is a woman — Deputy Attorney General Anne Patterson. It strikes me as a bit ridiculous to chastise the governor on "diversity" grounds, when his appointee could also be said to be diversifying the court. As one blogger noted, "I want to know who [decided] to exclude women from the pool of citizens vulnerable to invidious discrimination?"
Regardless, basing nominations on skin color or sex should be considered equally wrong. I know nothing about New Jersey politics, but I imiagine that Justice Wallace is considered the more liberal justice, and Deputy Attorney General Patterson is expected to be more conservative. And I suspect that is the true motivation behind the the left's oposition to the governor's appointment.
I doubt it.