Gavel Grab

Fight over Christie Court Nominee Causes Concern

NJ.com reports that state lawmakers from both parties are concerned that a fight between Gov. Chris Christie and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney over a six-year vacancy on the state Supreme Court could lead to a major disruption in New Jersey’s judicial system.

The standoff between Christie and Sweeney comes after the Senate president refused to give a hearing to the governor’s latest nominee for the Supreme Court and accused the governor of trying to stack the court.

In response, Christie promised “ramifications,” and to “do things that I haven’t done before.” One such thing could reportedly be a refusal to “re-nominate the 25 judges who are up for lifetime tenure from now until the end of the year.” The newspaper reports that when asked if he would follow through on this threat the governor said: “We’ll just have to see how it progresses.”

“I certainly hope the governor does not resort to it. It would create chaos and put terror into the hearts and minds of judges,” NJ.com quotes state Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) as saying.

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