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Steve Sweeney is now officially the governor of New Jersey. In deed, if not in name.
And Chris Christie is exposed as the feckless, unprincipled hack his detractors told us he was.
Christie's six-year charade to "remake" New Jersey's activist Supreme Court ended with a whimper yesterday as he surrendered to Sweeney's demand that only a liberal democrat can be nominated to fill the court's last vacancy.
Gov. Chris Christie nominated a New Jersey Democrat to the state's Supreme Court on Monday, effectively ending his years-long battle to reshape the composition of the bench.
The GOP governor, flanked by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), nominated former assistant U.S. Attorney Walter Timpone to fill a vacancy during a Statehouse news conference.
The surprise announcement came about a month after Christie said he would re-nominate a veteran Republican Monmouth County judge, David Bauman, he unsuccessfully pushed for the bench nearly four years ago. At the time, he vowed "ramifications" for Democrats who blocked his appointment.
But Christie, who called Bauman an "extraordinary individual," gave his nod to Timpone after it became clear the Democratic-controlled Senate would only approve a fellow Democrat.
"Ramifications?" Yeah, that's Christie-speak for "capitulation."
"I wanted to get something done. People of this state give us these jobs expecting us to get stuff done," Christie said.
Ye gads, what utter hogwash. We expected you to "get done" the stuff you promised you'd get done. Like reining in judicial activism, not ensconcing it. Like standing up to bullies instead of getting rolled. We expected you'd have principles. We expected you go be made of sterner stuff.
And you sold us out.
No wonder you're backing Democrat-turned-Republican-of-convenience Donald Trump for president. He's the only guy with fewer scruples than you.
Wait, I take that back. You and Trump are two peas in a pod.
Thanks for leaving New Jersey worse off than when you started.
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