Christie Announces NJ Supreme Court Nominees

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 10, 2012

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Governor Christie with Supreme Court nominees David Bauman and Bob Hanna (photo by Tim Larsen/Governor's office)

Governor Christie has announced another set of nominees to fill two vacancies on New Jersey’s Supreme Court.

Christie has chosen Board of Public Utilities President Bob Hanna and Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman who would be the first Asian American on the state’s highest court.

Bauman is a Republican and Hanna has no party affiliation.

Christie says his selections represent a compromise with Senate Democrats on the issue of the political balance of the Supreme Court.

 “I am willing to be the one who reaches my hand out in compromise first. I hope that the Democrats in the Senate will stop playing political games and give these folks the hearings that they deserve and a fair up or down vote.”

The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee rejected nominees Bruce Harris and Phil Kwon earlier this year.

Senate President Steve Sweeney is not commenting on the prospects of confirmation of the new nominees.


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