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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo: European University Institute.)

Statements on the death of Justice Ginsburg

By David Wildstein, September 18 2020 8:35 pm

U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER

“I am so, so saddened by the news that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and an extraordinary jurist who devoted her life to advancing the causes of equality and justice. We are in her debt. May her memory be a blessing to us all.”

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

“Justice Ginsburg was a woman whose career became an inspiration to countless young women and girls across our nation, and around the globe.
 
“Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life and career not only to the premise of equal justice and equity under the law, but also to the most basic premise that, regardless of gender, or race, or religion, or orientation, or identity, or nationality and ethnic heritage, we all must commit to fight for the things that we care about.
 
“Before she became a national figure, she was a pioneering professor at Rutgers-Newark School of Law, and her time there would correspond with an influx of women into the law school, where, no doubt, she would greatly influence them and their careers. She was a tireless advocate at the ACLU, fighting for gender equality at the Women’s Rights Project. 
 
“In her final years at Rutgers, she served as the advisor to the Women’s Rights Law Review – and, in the words of a former editor, ‘She went where other people wouldn’t go. She took a leap. Once she came on board, everything fell into place. We felt empowered.’
 
“For nearly three decades, we have been treated to Justice Ginsburg’s singular expertise. We have been made a better nation, and a better people, through her reasoned approach and sharp-minded opinions.
 
“Justice Ginsburg summed up her life’s principles the following way: ‘Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’ For those who study the law, even her dissents have moved the law in the right direction.
 
“My sincere hope is that her life and work continue to draw good people, with true and honest intentions to move us forward, to careers in the law and the pursuit of justice.
 
“Last year, I had the distinct honor of presenting Justice Ginsburg with The Golden Pea on behalf of MARCHENLAND Berlin. Tammy and I, and our daughter, Emma, will never forget the time she spent with us. She was an American icon.”

REP. ANDY KIM

“My wife and I just took a moment to comprehend the monumental loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I know we all feel the weight of the unknown of what happens next to our nation, but let us take a moment to grieve a giant among us who changed our nation forever.”

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE AMY KENNEDY

“Today we lost a leader, a fighter, a champion for change. Our hearts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May we honor her legacy of integrity and strength today and always.”

STATE SENATOR KRISTIN CORRADO

“I join our nation in mourning the passing of Justice Ginsburg. She was an independent voice on our nation’s highest court and a champion of women’s rights. She battled to open doors for women, fought to ensure true equality for all, and earned a deep respect that transcended politics or ideologies. Her passing is truly America’s loss.”

SOMERSET COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIR PEG SCHAFFER

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer who came of age in a time when women were not expected to excel, to succeed, to make their mark on society. Instead of accepting her assigned role, Ginsberg fought her way to a law degree, to a judgeship, to the Supreme Court, and to icon status for millions of women and girls.  She was everything any woman, including myself, who came of age in the 1960s could ever have aspired to be. She will be missed. She cannot be replaced.”

SENATE MINORITY LEADER TOM KEAN, JR.

“Rhonda and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  An admirable and accomplished trailblazer for women’s rights, Justice Ginsburg will be remembered for her landmark efforts to promote gender equality, and here in New Jersey, for her work shaping future law students at Rutgers.”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN CAROL MURPHY

“Our country mourns the loss of a great American hero, Ruth Bader Ginsburg exemplified the best in public service and always fought for justice, fairness and equality. To honor her legacy we must be resolved to courageously continue the fight for equality.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CRAIG COUGHLIN

“America has lost a trailblazer and an icon. Justice Ginsberg was relentless in her pursuit for equal rights for all Americans, and she leaves behind a rich legacy that will inspire generations to come. As a Justice she was imminently fair and just, always putting the law and U.S. Constitution before all else. As an advocate she was lionhearted, never hesitating to fight for what was right.  My thoughts are with the Ginsberg family at this difficult time.”

REP. BILL PASCRELL

“In a difficult year, this is a devastating blow for our country. From her early years as a Rutgers law professor to her seat on the highest court in the land, Justice Ginsburg was a pathbreaker, a legal pioneer for the downtrodden, for reproductive rights, organized labor, and the environment, and an inspirational figure to millions. That no Supreme Court Justice has ever achieved the popular notoriety of Justice Ginsburg is a testament to her imprint on American life. Justice Ginsburg is irreplaceable.

“At one’s passing, politics should take a backseat. But with our democracy at the precipice, these are no ordinary times. By the test constructed by Senate Republicans in 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate should wait on a replacement for Justice Ginsburg until after January 20, 2021. Given the theft of that seat in 2016, I have few allusions about Leader McConnell’s designs this evening. But any senators who seek to replace Justice Ginsburg should accept that doing so may tear America apart irreparably. If Senate Republicans jam through a replacement for Justice Ginsburg before January 20, 2021, we must commit to expand the U.S. Supreme Court at first opportunity to finally balance a court that has been in Republican hands for now over 50 years.

“On Rosh Hashanah, I am mourning an unpretentious, righteous American champion.”

SENATE PRESIDENT STEVE SWEENEY

“This is a monumental loss of a women who became an icon in her lifetime. Justice Ginsburg was a master of the law whose constitutional and moral authority transcended the courts to impact all of society. She was a trailblazer who overcame obstacles with grace, dignity and a selfless sense of humor. She will forever be a role model for young girls and women of all ages.

“While she gained a national stature and a devoted following, New Jersey can proudly claim her as one of our own as the former Rutgers University law professor who successfully led the legal battle for gender equality. We can all honor Justice Ginsburg and her legacy by taking to heart the values and principles that she fought for with courage, determination and humility.”

REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JACK CIATTARELLI

“Tonight, Melinda and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Ginsberg family. Justice Ginsberg’s life is a testament to the uniquely American truth that with hard work and dedication even those from humble beginnings can rise to the highest offices in our land and leave a lasting mark on our nation.”

REP. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

“I am heartbroken to learn that we’ve lost Justice Ginsburg. She was a giant, contributing to legal scholarship for over half a century from her time as a law professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School. She was an advocate for women’s rights, and a living legend of women’s leadership.

“Justice Ginsburg was one of the greatest lawyers of her generation, fundamentally changing the way the law interacted with gender. Her strength and fire inspired millions of women, across careers, backgrounds and generations, giving them a model for breaking through barriers of all kinds. And both her legal work and opinions from the highest court have offered millions opportunities they may never have otherwise been given.

“That we’ve lost this light as we mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Jews in America and around the world look to the year ahead, makes her passing all the more poignant. This is a moment of mourning for our country. My husband and I will hold Justice Ginsburg and her family in our prayers.”

NEW JERSEY AFL-CIO PRESIDENT CHARLES WOWKANECH

“Justice Ginsburg always sided with organized labor, even when the conservative-leaning court ruled against unions in cases like Janus v. AFSCME.  Her dissenting opinions that upheld the right to organize, to collectively bargain, and to stop America’s return to ‘yellow dog’ hiring practices and so-called ‘right-to-work’ were passionate and well-reasoned. Her loss is huge.”

“She was a hero to every woman who ever stepped foot in the workplace.  She was a hero to every union member, woman or man, and she never stopped fighting for what is right and what is fair, right up until the end.”

“On behalf of our union brothers and sisters.  We ask the president and the Senate to select a judge who stands for working people as much as Justice Ginsburg did.”

REP. ALBIO SIRES

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the very best of us. She has made our country a more equal place and from the very beginning of her career as a public figure, she believed in what our nation could be. From the time she was still at school, she faced down discrimination and prejudice and worked her way to the highest court in the land. Her determination and dedication have helped shape an entire generation of Americans who look to her as a role model and who have had their day to day life influenced by her judicial decisions. She used her legal skills to further women’s rights and strip back laws that were inherently unfair and unjust. Justice Ginsburg’s accomplishments are too numerous to count but when you look at how much she means to so many, you can begin to grasp how much she has done for us. My family, my office, and I are eternally grateful for everything she has given to our country. Justice Ginsburg said “real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time”. She took those steps and has forever changed America for the better.

MORRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She passed away today surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, DC. We honor and respect her memory and her extraordinary life of public service. May she rest in peace.”

REP. DONALD NORCROSS

“America has lost perhaps the most revered, principled and visionary jurist in the history of our Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My heart is heavy, and my thoughts are with her family as our entire nation mourns the passing of one of the world’s most trailblazing, iconic and forceful advocates for the pursuit of equality. She went by the initials RBG, and those three letters will now and forever by synonymous with Justice.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL GURBIR GREWAL

“We mourn the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazing jurist and crusader for women’s rights and equal protection for all under the Constitution, whose jurisprudence will impact as well as inform our democracy for generations to come. Justice Ginsburg’s unflagging pursuit of justice, her incisive opinions and dissents, and her principled progressivism have inspired, and will continue to inspire, all of us who cherish our society as a nation based on the rule of law.

While we can never repay what she has gifted us, we can honor her legacy by continuing her tireless fight for a more inclusive world. Our nation has come so far in equality and in justice, and we owe so much of this progress to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rest In Peace, RBG.”

SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR KENDY COXWELL RUDY

“The United States was founded on the idea of “equal opportunity” … for straight white men, which left everyone else to fend for themselves, start revolutions, fight for their rights, and the rights of other Americans who needed defending.”

“One of those heroes is now lost to us.”

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was more than a feminist, more than a lawyer, more than a Supreme Court Justice. She was a person who saw injustice and dedicated her entire life to fighting it. She showed every single one of us how hard work can pay off, not just for ourselves but for others. When she got knocked down, she always came back twice as strong and three times as determined. Justice Ginsburg was more than her accomplishments; she was a hero.”

“She was … she is MY hero.”

MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN KEVIN MCCABE

“Today, we join the thousands of Americans in mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a giant in the court, whose legal prowess and fierce brand of advocacy was used to further gender equality and women’s rights. A pioneer and a champion for the disenfranchised, she has left the court and our nation a better place because of her service. A long-time professor at the Rutgers School of Law, she embodied the best of our state and our nation.

“As a woman of many firsts, Justice Ginsburg sought to shatter not only the glass ceiling, but every obstacle of justice and fairness for all Americans. Her wit, candor, intelligence and profound wisdom will be missed in the courts. Justice Ginsburg’s legacy will leave an indelible mark on U.S. History and her opinions will stand the test of time.

“May her relentless pursuit for equality continue in her honor and with her guiding spirit.”

U.S. SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ

“America has suffered an incredible and irreplaceable loss in the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and my heart is with every American who mourns the loss of a hero this evening.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her entire life breaking down gender barriers with unstoppable tenacity, intellectual might, and an unshakeable commitment to justice. She was one of only nine women in her law school class, and while she graduated at the top, firms wouldn’t hire her because she was a woman.

“It was as a professor at New Jersey’s own Rutgers Law School where Ginsburg began her life’s work fighting the same gender discrimination she herself faced.  She founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU and took on dozens of discriminatory laws, winning case after case.

“During her over four decades on the bench, first on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg garnered a reputation as an intellectual force and powerful jurist. Her opinion in U.S. v. Virginia changed the course of history.  And her dissenting opinions in Hobby Lobby, Ledbetter, and Shelby County turned to rallying cries for those fighting for justice.

“Few individuals have moved this nation forward as meaningfully as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for creating a fairer, more just, and more equal world for all of our daughters and sons.

“Let us honor her wishes and let the American people choose the President who will appoint her successor on the Supreme Court.  The Senate must not move any nomination until next year.

“There will never be another Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  May her memory be a blessing, and may we honor her every day in our pursuit of justice.”

REP. MIKIE SHERRILL

“Tonight we mourn the loss of an American icon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer and a role model for women across America. She is the reason women like me not only believed we had a right to be in the workplace, but were guaranteed it. She won us equality, and then showed us how to succeed. Generations of women — my mother, myself, my sisters, my daughters — are indebted to her tenacity.

“Decision by decision, Justice Ginsburg reaffirmed the ideals of our Constitution and our shared values of fairness, equality, and opportunity. Her judicial opinions on voting rights, gender discrimination, and same-sex marriage made this country stronger and will continue to ring out through the ages.

“Justice Ginsburg is a shining example of how one person can impact our world and truly make a difference. May her memory be a blessing.”

SOMERSET COUNTY FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR SHANEL ROBINSON

“There are few words that can express the heartbreak and pain we feel at the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but while we grieve her death we must also celebrate her life. It is by taking joy in our memories of Justice Ginsburg, of holding to ourselves the central spirit of humanity and love that motivated her, that we can take up some of the work she laid down last night.”

“Justice Ginsburg was a true original, a giant, who left us a great legacy to embrace, study, and emulate. She was, and is, a trailblazer many women such as myself will follow as we blaze our own.”

ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER JON BRAMNICK

“Our nation has lost a trailblazer for women’s equality and an inspiration for many women across our nation.  Justice Ginsberg was a giant and our nation mourns her death. I join the chorus of prayers for her family and friends.”

REP.  CHRISTOPHER SMITH

“I convey my deepest condolences to the family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her passing after a long, arduous and brave struggle with cancer.”

“In the many remembrances of Justice Ginsburg, the one that I believe is most inspiring for this current time was her friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia which began when both served on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Scalia once told an audience before Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined him at the Supreme Court, ‘I have missed Ruth very much since leaving the court of appeals. She was the best of colleagues, as she is the best of friends.'”

“Their close personal friendship underscores the fact that fundamental policy differences need not diminish friendship, respect and civility.”

NJEA PRESIDENT MARIE BLISTAN, VICE PRESIDENT SEAN SPILLER AND SECRETARY-TREASURER STEVE BEATTY

“We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a giant of American history, a trailblazer who made our nation more fair and just for all people. She upheld the highest principles of our Constitution and helped America move closer to its founding ideals. Her passing is an immeasurable loss to the United States Supreme Court and the United States of America. We join the entire nation in honoring her legacy and mourning her death.”

REP. JOSH GOTTHEIMER

“ike so many people around the country today, I’m mourning the loss of an incredible advocate for justice. It’s hard to believe that our country has lost a living legend.”

“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not only a trailblazer on and off the Court in her lifelong fight for justice and equality, but she was also an icon and inspiration for so many who followed her lead.”

“Her passing is an unimaginable loss for the judicial system and the nation as a whole.”

“At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, we need more advocates like Justice Ginsburg fighting for the things we hold dear. We must all keep her memory alive, and ensure that her values stay with us.”

“I ask you to join me in honoring Justice Ginsburg’s life and legacy today, and in the months ahead — these next weeks will be some of the most important in our nation’s history.”

“May her memory be a blessing.”

 

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