The myth of New Jersey's 'balanced' court | NJ.com Since when do lawmakers comply with "unwritten rules"? Many don't even comply with the written ones. Republicans have held a sustained majority on the court for less than four of the past 55 years. Only an Orwellian would conclude that this history reflects a commitment to "partisan balance." Now that the Dems are about to lose the majority they have enjoyed for almost 5 decades, they scream "that's not fair"! Disgraceful.