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Congratulations to my town’s mayor, Bruce Harris, who was re-elected yesterday. In 2012, he was nominated by our governor for a spot on the state’s Supreme Court.
Harris is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School. He also happens to be gay and African-American. His appointment to the court was blocked by Democrats. Can you guess why?
They cited his lack of courtroom experience. (Absurd, because many judges and justices lack such experience before being appointed.)
Let me help you solve the mystery: The court is the New Jersey Supreme Court. Harris was nominated by Gov. Christie. That’s right: Harris is a Republican. Oh, and by the way, not only is our town of Chatham Borough overwhelmingly Republican, it is nearly 100 percent white.
Could it be that a middle-class, conservative, lily-white community cares more about diversity than N.J. Senate Democrats do? Or perhaps we care about the job one does, rather than race or sexual orientation.