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NJ bar group backs chief justice, warns gov



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey State Bar Association says Gov. Chris Christie would undermine the independence of the judiciary if he refuses to reappoint the chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

The association announced Thursday it endorses the renomination of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. It also issued a strongly worded resolution that while aimed at the governor did not mention him by name.

The resolution says it would be “an unprecedented intrusion of politics into the third co-equal branch” if Rabner is not reappointed when his term ends in June.

The association says no chief justice has ever been denied tenure under the current state constitution.

Christie has strongly criticized the Supreme Court and refused to reappoint two previous justices. He has not yet revealed his position on Rabner.