Platkin saluting the unanimous decision of the high court might be a bit contradictory to what his Daddy, the Murph, has said about SCOTUS in the past. When the NYSRPA v. Bruen decision was delivered, Phil “the Bill of Rights is Above my Paygrade” Murphy said the following:
Yesterday, the right-wing majority which currently controls the United States Supreme Court ruled that states, like New Jersey, who believe that careful regulation of firearms makes for safer communities, can no longer control our own destinies.
The right-wing majority ruled, for the first time in our nation’s history, that individuals have a general right to carry firearms in public, not just in their homes for self-defense.
The right-wing majority has made its decision. As tragic and misguided as it was, we must live with it. That’s how it works in our constitutional system.
The decision today in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen is bad constitutional law and even worse for public safety. At a time when we are experiencing a nationwide epidemic of gun violence and all-too frequent reports of deadly mass shootings, this dangerous decision makes it harder to combat the proliferation of deadly weapons in our communities and in our public spaces. Plain and simple, the majority’s decision disregards centuries of practice and recklessly enables violence.
Platkin’s condemnation of the court also was shown front and center when the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion was delivered:
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs is a devastating setback for women’s rights and the rule of law in our country. For five decades, the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized the fundamental right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy. Today, however, a bare, right-wing majority casts aside decades of settled law. Their decision is as dangerous as it is wrong. The Court’s legally indefensible ruling will inflict harm on millions who will wake up tomorrow without meaningful access to legal abortion care – inevitably forcing these procedures into the shadows, where they will be unregulated and unsafe.
Platkin can click his heels and salute the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in a decision he agrees with, but when it comes time to respect them in areas of civil liberties, forget about it. Platkin, like other past Attorney Generals under this administration, is a lap-dog to Governor Phil Murphy.
Dear Mr. Platkin, I’m happy that you’re happy about the ruling over the Waterfront Commission debate, but how can you sleep at night knowing that a majority conservative, right-wing court, known for making legally indefensible and bad constitutional law sided with you? You got your way because conservatives saw to it – because it was legally sound and just…as is NYSRPA v. Bruen. You can’t eat your cake and have it too.