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Latest NJ SUpreme Court Nominee To Get Hearing

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 19, 2013

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Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina with Govenor Christie at Statehouse news conference last week (photo bny Phil Gregory)

The leader of New Jersey Senate says the Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for Governor Christie’s latest state Supreme Court nominee.

Governor Christie cited threats from Democratic lawmakers not to confirm Justice Helen Hoens when he decided last week not to re-nominate her.

Senate President Steve Sweeney says Hoens’ rejection was not a foregone conclusion.

“You had one member of the committee that said he wasn’t supporting her. She only needed two votes from our side. Now, could she have gotten them? I really don’t know. I’m not saying she couldn’t have though. We didn’t have a chance to poll our members.

Christie says the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the person Christie wants to replace Hoens, Camden County assignment judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina

“Hoens was going to get a hearing, and he’s nominated another Republican to go into Hoens’s seat so we’re doing that. The other two we’ll continue to have discussions with the front office on.”

The judiciary committee has not acted on Christie’s nominations of Monmouth County Judge David Bauman and state Board of Public Utilities president Robert Hanna to be on the high court since they were announced in December.

Sweeney says the partisan balance of the court must be considered, and he
wants Christie to nominate a Democrat.



 

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