UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  

He took a significant step further, however, by invoking Shaneen’s case (currently undergoing a fresh review by the Atlantic County’s prosecutor) as the ultimate example of the need for reform; Bramnick made his opinion known and came down heavily on Shaneen’s side:

1 thought on “UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

  1. The governor’s pardon power is outlined in Article V, Section II, Sub 1, not Article II, Section II, and it states:

    “The Governor may grant pardons and reprieves in all cases other than impeachment and treason, and may suspend and remit fines and forfeitures. A commission or other body may be established by law to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of executive clemency.”

    The language appears absolute to me. A New Jersey governor has the power to issue pardons for anyone he wants, at any time he wants and for any reason he wants, except in cases of impeachment or treason, neither of which apply in the Shaneen Allen case.

    That the Legislature passed a bill requiring him to notify them of a pardon action does not limit his unfettered power of executive clemency, no matter what some issue-dodging flack in his office says.

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