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Opinion: Christie and the State's High Court -- When Worlds Collide

The nation's political landscape is littered with the remnants of clashes between chief executives -- joined on occasion by the legislative branch -- and the judiciary.

Opinion: Christie and the State's High Court -- When Worlds Collide

The nation’s political landscape is littered with the remnants of clashes between chief executives -- joined on occasion by the legislative branch -- and the judiciary.

The history is long and rich, epitomizing the tensions inherent in the Constitution between a political class seeking to advance a partisan ideological agenda and an unbiased judiciary responsible for determining whether the agenda is permissible. Collisions, ill will, and bruised egos are inevitable.

One hundred eighty-one years ago, for example, President Andrew Jackson responded to a Supreme Court ruling he didn’t like by suggesting that since the court made the decision it should take it upon itself to enforce it.

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