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(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) on Wednesday released the following statement criticizing Gov. Christie's latest nominations for the Supreme Court for not being representative of the state:
"The governor's latest nominations for the Supreme Court again miss the mark when it comes to depicting New Jersey.
"The governor broke precedent and left the court without an African-American judge when he dismissed Judge Wallace despite his extensive judicial experience and esteemed reputation. Since then he has attempted to replace him with candidates that either lack the necessary experience, have questionable backgrounds or fail to represent the diversity of our state. His choices may not have been confirmed, but in a state of nearly 9 million people, we know the governor could have found another African-American choice had he truly been interested in a court that looks like our great state."
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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi- The Daily Beast
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