TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A court has ruled that Gov. Chris Christie had the right to appoint his choice of members to a Rutgers Board of Governors in 2012, despite a legal objection from the president of the state Senate.
Tuesday’s appeals court ruling means Martin Perez will remain on the board.
The legal tussle came because there’s a state law that reserves one slot on the university’s board for a resident of Camden County.
The court agreed that Christie could use one of his picks that do not require either the consent of the Senate or a residency requirement for Perez, who is from New Brunswick.
Christie has since appointed a different member from Camden County.
Sweeney says he will not appeal but calls Christie’s appointment of Perez an “illegal action.”