In case you missed it, in today's paper I looked at the present -- and historical -- lack of representation by South Jersey on the state Supreme Court.
Democrats demanded "diversity" from Republican Gov. Christie in picking two new justices for the New Jersey Supreme Court. And he obliged, several times over, checking off these diversity boxes with just two nominations: African American and gay; Korean American and immigrant.
One of those appointees, Chatham Mayor Bruce Harris, who is black, gay, and Republican, gets his first Senate hearing soon. But the other, Phillip Kwon, a Korean American immigrant who would have been the court's first justice of Asian descent, has been rejected by the Senate judiciary committee - thanks largely to questions over his family's business dealings - in an unprecedented rebuke of Christie.
That leaves Christie one more nomination. So, governor, what about a South Jerseyan? Of all the diversity points Christie earns for his first two nominees, there is no geographical diversity. Kwon and Harris are from North Jersey - and all five sitting justices live north of Trenton.