Senate president fights Christie's NJ Supreme Court nominee

Gov. Chris Christie and Judge David Bauman (Gov. Chris Christie and Judge David Bauman)

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."

Related Topics:
politicsnew jersey newschris christieTrenton