Christie pulls plug on Supreme Court nominee amid squabble with Democrats | NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie plans to nominate Robert Hanna as a Superior Court judge, apparently altering course on the nominee he had championed for the Supreme Court, NJ.com has confirmed.
In an email to the secretary of the Senate dated January 2, Christie said he was giving public notice as required by law that he planned to nominate Hanna to the Superior Court. Christie must file the notice of intent seven days before nominating Hanna. Hanna's nomination to the Supreme Court expires on Jan. 14.
Hanna had languished amid a battle between legislative Democrats and the governor over judicial appointments. Democrats have made it clear that Hanna, former president of the Board of public Utilities, and Judge David Bauman, who was nominated alongside Hanna are unlikely to get a hearing.
Christie has railed against Democrats for their failure to give the two men a hearing, but Senate President Steve Sweeney and other Democrats have said the governor is attempting to stack the court with Republicans.
To date, two of the governor's high court nominees, Anne Patterson and Fausto Fernandez-Vina, have been elevated to the Supreme Court, while two, Phill Kwon and Bruce Harris were shot down by the Senate Judiciary committee. Hanna and Bauman have remained in limbo.
Two vacancies remain to be filled on the court.
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