Christie's Renomination Snubs Threaten NJ Court's Autonomy

Law360, New York (August 13, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision this week not to renominate a sitting state Supreme Court justice is the latest salvo in a political power struggle that's jeopardizing the independence of one of the nation's most respected courts, some attorneys say.

“Nobody benefits from a stacked bench or from a justice who takes into account anything other than the law when making a decision,” said Jeffrey S. Mandel of Cutolo Mandel LLC, who chairs the state bar association's appellate practice committee. “If in any way a pink slip becomes a factor in rendering a decision, we all lose.”

The governor may...

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