Congressman Smith Statement on Passing of U.S. Justice Antonin Scalia
Smith remembers Justice Scalia as a leader & model jurist
Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, mourns the passing of Trenton-born Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13 and issued the following statement:
“I was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Justice Scalia—an extraordinary man of deep faith, great intellect and wit—who wrote complex legal analysis with a strength and clarity that will leave an enduring mark on American jurisprudence.
“His commitment to the Constitution, as written and not as interpreted, and to the separation of powers among the three branches of government, led to Justice Scalia’s ongoing concern about actions by the Supreme Court which he deemed ‘legislating from the bench’ and which he vehemently opposed with his persuasive arguments and votes. A truly gifted writer, he offered articulate, consistent and persuasive opinions on the important issues of our time.
“His passing is a great loss to our country, to the Court, and most especially to his wife, children and grandchildren. Marie and I are grateful for his public service and offer our deepest condolences to his family.”
Elected in 1980, Smith represented Trenton for more than 30 years in the House. Nominated by President Reagan in 1986, Scalia was confirmed by the Senate 98-0.