Most on N.J. judicial panel quit over Christie move

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All seven members of an advisory panel charged with reviewing nominations to New Jersey’s Superior Court resigned Wednesday, with six saying they objected to Gov. Christie’s decision not to renominate Justice John Wallace Jr. to the state Supreme Court.

The members, all appointed by former Gov. Jon S. Corzine, had letters hand-delivered to Christie’s office.


He became the first justice seeking reappointment under the current state constitution to fail to receive tenure.

Wallace’s initial seven-year appointment ended May 20. He would have faced mandatory retirement at age 70 anyway, so Christie would have had another opportunity to replace him.

Wallace, a Democrat, was not known for being particularly liberal, but Christie said Wallace had been part of an activist, liberal court that had taken the state in the wrong direction.

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