Conservative watchdog challenges Gov. Christie’s judicial picks

Conservative watchdog challenges Gov. Christie’s judicial picks

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepares to travel to Iowa on Thursday to test the waters for a Republican presidential race, a conservative watchdog group is ready to call attention to his record of judicial appointments.

Judicial Crisis Network, which promotes the rule of law and “a fair and impartial judiciary,”  is beginning a campaign today to highlight Christie’s track record, which it says includes appointing six liberal judges.

For little more than $75,000, the Judicial Crisis Network created two online ads and a website,

A 90-second spot highlights what the group calls the “liberal activist” New Jersey Supreme Court. The other ad, at 15 seconds, criticizes Christie for reappointing Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, a “liberal Democrat,” to the bench.

Both ads call on viewers to tell the Republican governor to “fight for judges who respect the rule of law.”

During his one-day jaunt to the Hawkeye State, Christie is scheduled to attend three fundraisers in three cities. The first benefits the Republican Governors Association, of which Christie is chairman; the second is for Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen; and the third is a dinner for Gov. Terry Branstad.

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