(CN) – New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine properly asserted his executive privilege when he refused to divulge emails to the Republican State Committee, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled.
Committee chairman Thomas Wilson requested an inspection of emails between the governor’s office and Carla Katz, the president of a union local.
Wilson made the request after the governor has announced an agreement between the state and its employee members of the Communications Workers of America.
“The Governor and Katz had a close personal relationship that ceased before his inauguration,” Judge Cuff noted. “They remained friends, however, and communicated with each other by email and telephone.”
Katz advocated changes in the CWA workers’ contract that did not make it into the final agreement, including an increase in the retirement age and employees contributions to health benefits.
Cuff ruled that Wilson did not articulate a compelling reason for the governor to be forced to release the emails.
“The court erred in finding that because Katz was an adversary of the Governor’s office on some issues, their communications were not covered by executive privilege,” Cuff wrote.