Governor ousting NJ high court's only black judge

(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is oustingthe only black justice on the state Supreme Court.

The new Republican governor made his announcement Monday, weeksbefore the end of Justice John E. Wallace's seven-year first term.

Instead, he's nominating Morris County lawyer Anne MurrayPatterson to the seat.

Christie had to choose between reappointing Wallace until heturns 70 on March 13, 2012, or removing him from the court thismonth.

It's Christie's first action regarding the makeup of the state'sSupreme Court, which he criticized during last year's gubernatorialcampaign as too activist and liberal.

Wallace, is the first member of the court not to be reappointedafter an initial 7-year term.

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