Cardinale: Poritz Is Best Example of an Activist Judge

May 6, 2010

Chief Justice Poritz’s Opinions Cost NJ Taxpayers Billions

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following comments in response to former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz’s defense of judicial activism. Senator Cardinale is a long-time critic of judicial activism.

“The need to bring change to the court has nothing to do with partisanship. Former Chief Justice Poritz is proof of that. She was appointed by a Republican governor and presided over some of the most egregious, unwise and costly opinions ever issued by any court.

“In fact, former Chief Justice Poritz is the best example of an activist judge who legislated from the bench and cost the long-suffering taxpayers of New Jersey billions of dollars.

“I believe that former Chief Justice Poritz is the best argument for bringing balance, common sense and a clear understanding of the constitution and state statute back to the court. Governor Christie’s nominee will help restore the court to that reasonable standard. I hope that the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate act quickly to grant her a full and fair conformation hearing.”