University of Denver

New Jersey: Governor to Nominate Justice to State Supreme Court this Month (Updated)

Former Senior Director

Governor Christie nominated a sitting superior court judge, and former federal and state prosecutor, to the supreme court. In recent months, two Christie nominees have been rejected by the senate judiciary committee. Christie’s only other supreme court nominee waited one year before being confirmed by the legislature. On a seven-seat court that has a tradition of partisan balance, there are currently two Republicans, two Democrats, and a fifth justice who Christie says is an Independent but whom Democrats believe is a Republican. The most recent nominee is a Republican, and Christie pledges not to nominate a Democrat until there are four Republicans on the court.