The Honorable Bruce A. Harris, arguably the first openly gay African-American Mayor in the nation, is expected to become the first openly gay New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice. Governor Chris Christie announced today his intention to nominate Harris, currently the mayor of the City of Chatham to New Jersey’s highest court. Raised in Iowa, Harris is the eldest of twelve siblings. After receiving his M.B.A. from Boston University in 1979, Harris went on to graduate with his J.D. from Yale University in 1992. He is currently Of Counsel with Greenberg Traurig’s Florham Park office. A leader in the legal community, the African-American community and the Republican Party, Harris will bring decades of experience to the Court.
At a time when the New Jersey legislature is considering a marriage-equality bill, Mayor Harris’s nomination shows how far this State and our Governor have come in recognizing and acknowledging the civil rights and advances of the LGBT-persons.