by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
NEW JERSEY REMEMBERS US SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG
Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on the
Death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader
“Justice Ginsburg was a woman whose career became an inspiration to countless young women and girls across our nation, and around the globe.
Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life and career not only to the premise of equal justice and equity under the law, but also to the most basic premise that, regardless of gender, or race, or religion, or orientation, or identity, or nationality and ethnic heritage, we all must commit to fight for the things that we care about.
Before she became a national figure, she was a pioneering professor at Rutgers-Newark School of Law, and her time there would correspond with an influx of women into the law school, where, no doubt, she would greatly influence them and their careers. She was a tireless advocate at the ACLU, fighting for gender equality at the Women’s Rights Project.
In her final years at Rutgers, she served as the advisor to the Women’s Rights Law Review – and, in the words of a former editor, ‘She went where other people wouldn’t go. She took a leap. Once she came on board, everything fell into place. We felt empowered.’
For nearly three decades, we have been treated to Justice Ginsburg’s singular expertise. We have been made a better nation, and a better people, through her reasoned approach and sharp-minded opinions.
Justice Ginsburg summed up her life’s principles the following way:
‘Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’
For those who study the law, even her dissents have moved the law in the right direction.
My sincere hope is that her life and work continue to draw good people, with true and honest intentions to move us forward, to careers in the law and the pursuit of justice.
Last year, I had the distinct honor of presenting Justice Ginsburg with The Golden Pea on behalf of MARCHENLAND Berlin. Tammy and I, and our daughter, Emma, will never forget the time she spent with us. She was an American icon.”
Statement from NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy
Statement from NJ Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a woman who took every thread of her God-given talents and spun them into access to equal rights and privileges for all Americans. Her wisdom and brilliant mind was a gift to our nation. Her soulful will and passion for equality will never be replaced.
President Carter, who initially appointed Justice Ginsburg to the US Court of Appeals, called her a 'beacon of justice.'
We mourn this great loss to our country and owe a debt of gratitude to her for her decades of service.
Her wisdom and brilliant mind was a gift to our nation.
Her soulful will and passion for equality will never be replaced
Thank you Justice Ginsburg. Rest in Power."
Statement from NJ General Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin
"America has lost a trailblazer and an icon. Justice Ginsberg was relentless in her pursuit for equal rights for all Americans, and she leaves behind a rich legacy that will inspire generations to come. As a Justice she was imminently fair and just, always putting the law and U.S. Constitution before all else. As an advocate she was lionhearted, never hesitating to fight for what was right. My thoughts are with the Ginsberg family at this difficult time."
Statement from Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman
"RBG may have been known as a champion for women’s rights, but the injustices she fought affected everyone. She was a champion for all and our country is better for her service."
Statement from Former Governor Jim McGreevey
"Our nation lost a jurist of great stature, a jurist with a fierce commitment to equal justice. The iconic RBG delighted in her work, her friends and family, and love of opera. Requiescat in Pace."
Statement from Former Governor Chris Christie
"The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is truly a tragic loss for her family, the Court and our country. She led an extraordinary life. I had the honor of meeting her and I came to learn that she had a fabulous sense of humor! RIP Justice Ginsburg, you served our country well."
Statement from NJ Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal
"We mourn the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazing jurist and crusader for women's rights and equal protection for all under the Constitution, whose jurisprudence will impact as well as inform our democracy for generations to come.
Justice Ginsburg's unflagging pursuit of justice, her incisive opinions and dissents, and her principled progressivism have inspired, and will continue to inspire, all of us who cherish our society as a nation based on the rule of law.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a life dedicated to the pursuit of empathy, equality, and justice for all. While we can never repay what she has gifted us, we can honor her legacy by continuing her tireless fight for a more inclusive world. Rest In Peace, RBG."
Statement from NJ Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean
“Rhonda and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An admirable and accomplished trailblazer for women’s rights, Justice Ginsburg will be remembered for her landmark efforts to promote gender equality, and here in New Jersey, for her work shaping future law students at Rutgers.”
Statement from NJ State Senator Kristin Corrado
“I join our nation in mourning the passing of Justice Ginsburg. She was an independent voice on our nation’s highest court and a champion of women’s rights. She battled to open doors for women, fought to ensure true equality for all, and earned a deep respect that transcended politics or ideologies. Her passing is truly America’s loss.”
Statement from NJ General Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald
"The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a tremendous loss to America. She was a great legal mind and a towering figure in the field that will be greatly missed. Our nation mourns the loss of one of our history's greatest figures. This is truly a sad night."
Statement from US Senator Bob Menendez
“America has suffered an incredible and irreplaceable loss in the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and my heart is with every American who mourns the loss of a hero this evening.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her entire life breaking down gender barriers with unstoppable tenacity, intellectual might, and an unshakeable commitment to justice. She was one of only nine women in her law school class, and while she graduated at the top, firms wouldn’t hire her because she was a woman.
It was as a professor at New Jersey’s own Rutgers Law School where Ginsburg began her life’s work fighting the same gender discrimination she herself faced. She founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU and took on dozens of discriminatory laws, winning case after case.
During her over four decades on the bench, first on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg garnered a reputation as an intellectual force and powerful jurist. Her opinion in U.S. v. Virginia changed the course of history. And her dissenting opinions in Hobby Lobby, Ledbetter, and Shelby County turned to rallying cries for those fighting for justice.
Few individuals have moved this nation forward as meaningfully as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for creating a fairer, more just, and more equal world for all of our daughters and sons.
Let us honor her wishes and let the American people choose the President who will appoint her successor on the Supreme Court. The Senate must not move any nomination until next year.
There will never be another Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May her memory be a blessing, and may we honor her every day in our pursuit of justice.”
Statement from US Senator Cory Booker
"I am so, so saddened by the news that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and an extraordinary jurist who devoted her life to advancing the causes of equality and justice. We are in her debt. May her memory be a blessing to us all."
Statement from NJ Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill
"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka Notorious RBG, was a pioneer and a role model for women across generations. I thank her for her lifetime fighting for me, my mother, my daughters, and millions of women. Her memory is a blessing."
Statement from NJ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
“I am heartbroken to learn that we’ve lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a giant, contributing to legal scholarship for over half a century from her time as a law professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School. She was an advocate for women’s rights, and a living legend of women’s leadership.
Justice Ginsburg was one of the greatest lawyers of her generation, fundamentally changing the way the law interacted with gender. Her strength and fire inspired millions of women, across careers, backgrounds, and generations, giving them a model for breaking through barriers of all kinds. And both her legal work and opinions from the highest court have offered millions opportunities they may never have otherwise been given.
That we’ve lost this light as we mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Jews in America and around the world look to the year ahead, makes her passing all the more poignant. This is a moment of mourning for our country. My husband and I will hold Justice Ginsburg and her family in our prayers.”
Statement from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a warrior on the Supreme Court, fighting for our democracy and people's rights. Her passing leaves a great void on our highest court. We mourn her death but celebrate her legacy of promoting equality."
Statement from Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka
"The life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the personification of the progression and the advancement of those that needed her most. The Country mourns the loss of a true pioneer that has strengthened the lives of all Americans. Until her last breath, she fought to advance the morals and conscience of our Country. Her Supreme Court seat is the true definition of our future and is predicated upon our beliefs of basic human rights. We must protect it at all costs."
Statement from Rutgers University
"Rutgers mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was on the faculty of Rutgers Law from 1963 to 1972. Her students sparked her interest in gender discrimination and the law: the topic of the first case she argued before the US Supreme Court."
Statement from NJ State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan
“Even when in the minority on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s fierce dissents provoked action on behalf of all who labor. Her opinion in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case, for example, led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Her courtroom battles against sex discrimination as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1970s led to constitutional protections against sex discrimination. She was a hero to every woman who ever stepped foot in the workplace. She was a hero to every union member, woman or man, and she never stopped fighting for what is right and what is fair, right up until the end.”
Statement from NJEA’s President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty
“We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a giant of American history, a trailblazer who made our nation more fair and just for all people. She upheld the highest principles of our Constitution and helped America move closer to its founding ideals. Her passing is an immeasurable loss to the United States Supreme Court and the United States of America. We join the entire nation in honoring her legacy and mourning her death.”