On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor and a Korean-American assistant attorney general to the state’s highest court.

Kwon would be the first Asian-American to sit on the state Supreme Court, and Harris would be the first openly gay justice.

Last year he also appointed Muslim-American lawyer Sohail Mohammed to the state’s superior court.

Christie, who’s a Republican, has been known to spread a conservative agenda across the state. In 2010 he sparked outrage when he refused to reappoint a key Democrat-affiliated justice that would have maintained a partisan balance on the bench.

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