Gov. Christie backs anti-family judges for NJ Supreme Court weeks ahead of major pro-family speech
TRENTON, NJ, June 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing criticism from family and life advocates just weeks before he is expected to address national family leaders.
This week, Christie re-nominated New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who has supported same-sex "marriage" in an opinion that was critical to moving the state towards the legalization of same-sex "marriage" licenses in 2013. Christie, who backed Ragner as part of an agreement with Democrats, said, "I’ve disagreed with him and I’ve expressed that publicly. But never have I thought that he hasn't run the courts in a fair, effective and efficient manner."
Likewise, Christie's newest nominee, Lee Solomon, is drawing criticism because of his radical pro-abortion views in his race for the state Assembly in 1991. Solomon was backed by New Jersey Right to Choose (NJRC), whose spokesperson said at the time that all NJRC-backed candidates "said they opposed parental notifications rights."
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According to Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine, there is no indication that Solomon's views have changed in 23 years. Solomon is a Republican who currently serves as a Superior Court judge. Christie agreed to back Rabner if Democratic legislators would approve Solomon.
Christie's choices come barely two weeks before he is expected to court national pro-family activists at the Road to Majority conference. The conference, which is hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition, is expected to have as many as 2,000 activists attend. Other speakers include potential 2016 presidential candidates Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MI, is also expected to speak, as is Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY.
According to Mulshine, the nominations show "that Christie got his clock cleaned." The columnist says that Christie's nominations will leave Senate Democrats getting two preferred nominees, while Christie gained nothing politically.