After the outrageous treatment of Justice John E. Wallace Jr. by Gov. Christie in failing to reappoint Wallace after seven years of outstanding service on the New Jersey Supreme Court, it is ironic that Christie would choose former Justice Peter G. Verniero, who came close to impeachment in 2001 in the furor over racial profiling in New Jersey for allegedly misleading the state Senate in his confirmation hearings, for a panel that screens nominations ("Christie appoints Verniero to judicial panel," Thursday).
Then-Justice Verniero was the only other justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court in modern history who was in danger of not being reappointed. He stepped down two years before his initial term would be up for reappointment.
In that case, the failure to reappoint him would have been for good cause concerning his pre-confirmation record and behavior, and not because of his judicial philosophy.
Kenneth D. Roth