By Samantha Marcus and Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Members of the US Supreme Court pose for a group photo in front of the Supreme Court building on June 1, 2017. Front row, sitting from left, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Behind them are Judge Elena Kagan, Judge Samuel Alito Jr., Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press / TNS)
The court was arrested 4: 4 last year.
The fifth vote came from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who sat in court only because the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Completed more than 200 years of normal legislative procedure, one of former President Barack Obama.
When Trump became president, he nominated Gorsuch, and McConnell unilaterally changed the rules to block his approval.
The decision has a big impact in New Jersey, where there are powerful public unions. Here's what it means and what it will do:
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U.S. Pat. Judge of the Supreme Court Samuel Alito Jr., New Jersey, speaks in Rutgers-Newark in 2011. (Tim Farrell | The Star-Ledger)
2. Why? First amendment, says court.
The court said it was a freedom of speech.
"We conclude that this agreement violates the rights of non-members to freedom of expression by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of significant public interest," said Trenton-born judge Samuel Alito Jr. for the majority.
While the ruling would mean "unpleasant transitional costs" for the unions, and they would have received "considerable fortune" for four decades following an existing decision on this matter.
"It is difficult to estimate how many billions of dollars it has taken from non-members and handed them over to the public sector unions in violation of the First Amendment," Alito wrote. "These unconstitutional demands must not be continued indefinitely."