Statement from New Jersey State Bar Association President Susan A. Feeney
Gov. Chris Christie's comments today are yet another attempt to intimidate the courts and unduly influence the judicial process. Further, his personal criticism of Mercer County Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg is unwarranted and irresponsible.
Judge Feinberg has a sterling record for integrity as one of the most respected members of the New Jersey bench, as well as a long, distinguished career as a public official. While the Governor would have the public believe she made an arbitrary, self-interested decision, that is not the case. Her opinion in favor of Judge DePascale is based on a comprehensive legal analysis of the issues raised by both parties in the case. Judge Feinberg did exactly what a judge is supposed to do: she applied the law - without concern for political retribution or the "pocketbook" interests of herself and her colleagues.
The Governor's continued attack on the Judiciary denigrates the separation of powers and the independence of the Judiciary as a separate branch of government. It is a blatant attempt to mislead the public and influence the judicial process and Supreme Court. As a lawyer, he should know better.