Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87. Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993, Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the court. She was nominated by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Prior to taking the bench, Ginsburg was a professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark from 1963 to 1972. New Jersey politicians are paying tribute to her.
Gov. Phil Murphy: “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.”
U.S. Sen. 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.”
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman: “Justice Ginsburg’s strength and fire inspired millions of women, across careers, backgrounds, and generations. Her opinions from the highest court offered millions opportunities they may never have otherwise been given.”
Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.: “Terribly sad to hear that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away at 87. She was a champion for women’s rights and the rights of the less fortunate. My condolences to her family, friends, and all Americans who believe in a country based on fairness and equality for all. This is a tragic loss.”
Newark Mayor Ras 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.”