A conservative Supreme Court? In New Jersey? It could happen. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to paint in bold colors as he rights his state's woeful budget picture and fights the public sector unions.

Now he has decided not to re-appoint a state Supreme Court justice to a lifetime term at the end of his intial seven-year term.

Believe it or not, this has never been done before.

The justice, John E. Wallace Jr., became the first one to seek reappointment and be refused by a New Jersey governor since the current State Constitution was adopted 63 years ago...Mr. Christie had only kind words for Justice Wallace, but he described the historically liberal court as “out of control” over the last three decades, usurping the roles of the governor and the Legislature in setting social and tax policies...

The State Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, a Democrat from Gloucester County, accused the governor of deciding “that rank politics and ideology trump practical experience,” but he did not say whether he would try to block the [new] appointment.

Best of all:

Mr. Christie will have a chance to reshape the court. In his four-year term, five of its seven members (including Justice Wallace) will reach either mandatory retirement or the end of their initial seven-year appointments.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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