New Jersey Governor Nominates Openly Gay African American Judge

Gov. Chris Christie nominates Phillip Kwon and Bruce Harris to the state's Supreme Court Monday, January 23, 2012.

The state of New Jersey is going into a groundbreaking era thanks to the governor.  The state’s Supreme Court is taking on two new nominees that will truly diversify the high court for the first time.

According to a report from, Governor Chris Christie nominated Bruce A. Harris, 61, the openly gay African American mayor of Chatham Borough in Morris County, N.J. If Harris is confirmed, he would be the first openly-gay justice and the third African-American to sit on New Jersey’s Supreme Court.

Harris thanked his partner of 32 years for standing by him even after he decided to go to law school which kept them apart for long periods of time.  But Harris wasn’t the only candidate nominated by Christie.  Korea-born Phillip H. Kwon will also be the first asian member of the court as well as the first born outside the U.S.

Christie might say he’s not running for President, but it seems as though he wants to remain the governor of New Jersey for quite some time.  Read the full report here.

-J.C. Brooks

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