Garden State Gov. Chris Christie has broken his promise to "to remake the New Jersey's State Supreme Court as a conservative court," according to Steve Lonegan, a former New Jersey mayor and GOP candidate for Congress, who appeared on Newsmax TV's
"America's Forum" on Wednesday.
"The reality is that New Jersey has the most liberal, progressive, activist Supreme Court
in the country," Lonegan said. "They've given some of the most radical policies in the nation regarding housing, education and other issues. This governor has had five opportunities now to appoint conservative judges and he's failed to do that."
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Lonegan is particularly upset about Christie re-nominating New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, a personal friend of the governor, to the position.
Rabner, he said, will have the deciding vote in New Jersey's next two redistricting decisions "which pretty much guarantees Democrats will remain in control of the state through at least the next 27 years. He has just let down on all of his promises to remake this court as a conservative court. The sad part about this is this will assure that New Jersey continues this downward spiral."
He accused Christie of abandoning his promises to voters as well as "his ability, his outspokenness, and his authority as one of the most powerful executives in the country" to push through Republican nominations, noting that Christie has left two seats open with temporary appointments and failed to re-nominate "two real conservative judges" over the last two years.
If he wants any chance at redemption, Christie needs to use the remaining two appointments he has left to nominate conservative judges "who will stop legislating from the bench, uphold the rule of law and give power back to the legislature."
Lonegan cautioned that the appointees need to be pro-life and pro-limited government.
"That could be the single most important message he could send to the state and to the rest of the country," Lonegan said.
Based on Christie's track record of judicial appointments, Lonegan said he would not support the New Jersey governor should he decide seek the presidency in 2016.
"Understanding the long term ramifications and realizing that the next president could appoint as many as three judge to the U.S. Supreme Court, my answer would be no."
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