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

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
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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.”

Christie Nominates Gay Black Man to Court