Senate president fights Christie's NJ Supreme Court nominee

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Gov. Chris Christie and Judge David Bauman
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TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's Senate president is not taking down the roadblock for Gov. Chris Christie's Supreme Court nominee.

Democrat Steve Sweeney says Superior Court Judge David Bauman will not get a hearing and the only way he would consider a Christie nominee is if the governor submits a Democrat for the court.

In a statement Tuesday, Sweeney says he has fought for six years to protect a long-standing tradition of keeping political balance on New Jersey's Supreme Court. Sweeney says Bauman's nomination would leave two Democrats on the seven-member court.

Christie on Monday again nominated the 59-year-old Republican, who would be the first Asian-American to serve if confirmed by the state Senate.

Sweeney accuses Christie of treating his responsibilities "as a continued job interview with the Republican Party in Washington."