Chris Christie Nominates Gay Black Man to N.J. Supreme Court

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TRENTON, NJ - OCTOBER 04:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announces his decision to forgo candidacy in the Republican primary race for president at a a news conference at the Statehouse October 4, 2011 in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie said that "now is not my time" and that he felt committed to his position in New Jersey and would not abandon it.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/2011 Getty Images

Anti-gay marriage, pro-Mitt Romney New Jersey governor Chris Christie nominated two people to the state Supreme Court today, including Bruce Harris, an openly gay black Republican mayor, and Phil Kwon, a Korean-American assistant attorney general, who would be the court's first Asian-American and first immigrant. Harris was just elected mayor of Chatham Borough in November, but if confirmed, would become the first LGBT person to serve as a New Jersey Supreme Court judge, and only the third African-American. Garden State Equality executive director Steven Goldstein was informed of the news personally by Christie and said, "As I told the Governor right then and there, you could have picked me up off the floor."