I got the impression the court was trying to be gracious in the face of what they saw as vast incompetence.
This is part of the problem in NJ. The arrogant assumption that we have no rights except those which the state deigns to give us. They really can't seem to comprehend that they don't have carte blanche to do whatever they want, so they don't even bother preparing to defend these laws because they don't think they can be overturned. From the looks of things, they are set to move 24 new gun restriction bills out committee today to be voted on. These are thing like "In home inspections" before you can own a gun. All guns must be locked and unloaded even in the home, etc.