Eight former New Jersey Supreme Court justices on Thursday urged Gov. Chris Christie to change his mind and renominate Justice John Wallace Jr. to tenure on the high court, but the governor refused. Nominating a replacement threatens the judiciary's independence and violates the intent of the state constitution's framers, the former justices said. Their unprecedented mass denunciation of a political decision affecting the high court shows how deeply Christie's decision has shaken the state's legal establishment.
N.J. Governor Rebuffs Former Justices' Request That He Rethink Ouster of High Court Judge
New Jersey Law Journal
May 17, 2010