President Barack Obama’s potential Supreme Court nominee is facing a Republican Senate roadblock in Washington, D.C., but in New Jersey it’s the Democrats who are stalling on Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s pick for the state’s highest court.
Christie this week nominated Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman for a vacancy on the New Jersey Supreme Court, re-igniting a long-term fight with the Democrat-led state Senate and its leader Steve Sweeney.
The fight comes as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to postpone hearings on a Supreme Court nomination until after November’s presidential election and as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid criticized Republicans for their position.
Christie says he thinks U.S. senators should hold a hearing on the president’s pick, just as state senators should do for Bauman.