U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was on friendly ground when he appeared to speak at a Federalist Society event in Morristown recently—both as a native of the state and a longtime supporter of the organization—but his remarks aimed at the legislative branch and others in Washington, D.C., were less chummy.

“They get elected by doing nothing”—namely by avoiding controversial positions that would threaten reelection, Scalia said of members of Congress during the event, which was held at the Morris Museum on May 8 and was at least in part intended as a promotion for a book co-authored by him and published in 2012, “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.”

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