From the AP article in the Asbury Park Press:
Christie created a political firestorm Monday by failing to reappoint Justice John Wallace, the court's only African-American, and nominating Anne Patterson, a white private practice lawyer and fellow Mendham Township resident, as a replacement.
This is the worst kind of yellow journalism. This is racism.
The Associated Press coverage has been blatantly anti-Christie since the governor mounted his campaign to turn Trenton upside down. Just last month they had to retract a story over salaries in Christie's Office of the Governor as they compare to those of the Corzine administration.
This time a retraction won't do. The Associated Press should fire the reporter who wrote the story and the editor who approved it. The newspapers who run the AP trash should carefully review and edit AP news until such time as their credibility is restored.
Had Christie appointed a constructionist African-American to replace Wallace on the Court, he would have been practicing racial politics.
By appointing Patterson, Christie is once again demonstrating that he intends to keep his word to the people of New Jersey. During his campaign for Governor, Christie was criticised by the AP and other is the media for his lack of specifics. He was very clear during the campaign that he intended to use the constitutional power of the office to appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would interpret the state constitution as written so as to correct the judicial activism that has wrecked our state with the Mt. Laurel (COAH) decision, the Abbot (education funding) decision, Lance v McGreevey(allowing the state to borrow without voter approval) decision and many many more.
The AP and other outlets has been inaccurately reporting that Christie's choice not to reappoint a Justice up for tenure is without precedent. Governor McGreevey announced he would not nominate Justice Peter Verniero for tenure. Verniero stepped down.
What is unprecedented is the Senate's attempted extra-constitutional power grab. That's the real news. The race of the nominees is not newsworthy.