New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice John Wallace Jr. is directly involved with the bridge scandal that took place in New Jersey last month. Wallace’s name has come up because he was the first jurist in decades to not be reappointed to the bench when his term came to an end. This hadn’t happened since 1947, causing controversy within the state.
To date, there is no black judge on the New Jersey Supreme Court. In a case that the New York Times called “political overreach,” Governor Chris Christie has been accused of tainting the New Jersey Supreme court with partisan politics. This has upset the democrats within the state.
According TheGrio.com, the decision was a disappointment to other members of the court.
“I am disappointed by that decision” said Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, according to TheGrio.
The judge has been found to be connected to “Bridgegate,” a scandal during which Governor Christie and political allies are accused of deliberately shutting down lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ. The act was allegedly in retaliation for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Skolich not supporting the governor.
Rachel Maddow believes that Christie made the illegal move to retaliate against Democrats for blocking judicial reappointments that would have benefited the Republican Party. According to TheGrio, Wallace doesn’t have much to say about the scandal.
“It has been several years now since I was not renominated to our Supreme Court. I have declined all interview requests on this issue and continue with my decision not to publicly address the issue,” said Wallace.