Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign isn’t taking Jack Ciattarelli’s criticism of his new Supreme Court nominee, whom the republican gubernatorial candidate called an “inexperienced activist,” lightly.
“Mr. Ciattarelli’s characterization of Ms. Wainer Apter is meritless and misogynistic, but no surprise when you consider that he went right along with Governor Christie’s war on women for years,” Murphy campaign manager Mollie Binotto said.
After the New jersey Globe first reported the nomination of Rachel Wainer Apter, a former staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union who has led the state Division of Civil Rights since 2018, Ciattarelli derided the pick, charging it would “lurch our court even further to the left instead of finding a moderate middle ground.”
“Murphy’s nominee is an inexperienced activist who will unfairly legislate from the bench,” he said.
Wainer Apter, a Harvard Law School graduate, was law clerk for three federal judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“What Mr. Ciattarelli showed today is that his Supreme Court picks would look just like Trump’s, and he’s willing to sacrifice New Jersey’s women and families for cheap partisanship,” Binotto said. “What he clearly doesn’t understand is New Jerseyans are moving forward — not back.”
She’ll replace Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, a right-leaning independent nominated by former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.
With her counted, Republicans hold a 4-3 majority on the high court. Murphy has indicated he would not seek to break a New Jersey tradition that limits parties to a one-seat advantage on the Supreme Court.