Gov. Christie Nominates Openly Gay Justice | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has nominated Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Harris will become the first openly LGBT justice on the court, as well as the third African-American. In a phone conversation with Garden State Equality’s Steven Goldstein, Christie expressed that he views the LGBT community as “an important part of New Jersey.” Though Christie previously vowed to veto any attempt to create marriage equality, he recently seems to have left the door open on the issue as state legislators prepare to introduce a same-sex marriage bill.