You can't put Humpty Dumpty together again. For 50 years New Jersey's Supreme Court worked within a range from moderate Republican to liberal Democrat. When Chris Christie came in he said he was going to break some china - reverse the court's excessive (in his view) liberalism. Chief among his suburban resentments were the Abbott v. Burke 40 year old litigation for equitable funding of urban schools, and the Mt. Laurel open housing - land use controls.
Christie promptly denied a tenure nomination to 68 year old John Wallace - a moderate Black Democrat on the state's high court, citing his record as too liberal. That introduction of a previously unseen ardent partisanship is the genie that the Governor cannot put back in the bottle. Having embraced partisanship, he enters his re-election campaign with two vacancies on the Supreme Court. The Democrat-controlled legislature wants a Democrat to be one of them. The standoff appears headed to resolution after the November general elections. - gwc
Democrats don't plan hearings on Christie's N.J. Supreme Court nominees for at least 8 months | NJ.com:
TRENTON — Senate Democrats don’t plan hearings on Gov. Chris Christie’s two nominees for the state Supreme Court until at least November, two senior Democrats with knowledge of the party’s thinking confirmed to the Star-Ledger.
After Democrats rejected his previous two nominees, Christie in December nominated Superior Court Judge David Bauman, a Republican, and Board of Public Utilities President Robert Hanna, an independent.
But Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who decides whether or not to post nominations, has not said much about the nominees.