Tort reform issues discussed

Armstrong Williams | 10/21/2011, 11:19 a.m.
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Not surprisingly, Bramnick has been no friend of reform in the Democrat-controlled Legislature, where reform needs every friend it can get. Instead of rallying around the cause, Bramnick has sponsored wrongful death legislation, a top trial lawyer priority that would have vastly expanded lawsuits and damage awards.

Christie should ask Bramnick if he can count on his vote when the governor turns his attention to cleaning up New Jersey's tort laws, and if not, Christie should campaign against him.

The damage doesn't stop at undercutting the Republican Party's policy agenda. One has to consider whether the same allegiances that led these Republicans to work against tort reform have a more insidious effect of aiding and abetting the top funding source of the Democratic Party: trial lawyers. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the American Association for Justice contributed over $2.8 million in 2010. Of that amount, only $71,000 (2.5 percent) went to Republicans.

When Republican lawmakers allow more lawsuit bounty for greedy trial lawyers, they put more money in the campaign war chest of the opposition party. They might as well write a check to the Democratic National Committee to defeat good Republicans.

By infiltrating our ranks, the trial bar is creating political sleeper cells that work to the detriment of Republican Party goals. The wake-up call isn't that the trial bar is doing this, it's that Republicans are letting it happen. It's time to take a hard look at those in the Republican ranks who choose trial lawyers over conservative principles.

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