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When DC Republicans tell President Obama they won't hold hearings or vote on anyone he nominates to replace Antonin Scalia, that's obstructionism, and Democrats cry foul.
But, when NJ Democrats tell Governor Christie (for the sixth year in a row) they won't hold hearings or vote on his nominee to fill a vacant state Supreme Court seat, that "preserves judicial independence."
Governor Christie's pick to fill a longstanding vacancy on the state Supreme Court will not be considered by the Senate, whose job it is to approve judicial nominees, its leader said Tuesday morning.
The nominee, David F. Bauman, was put forth by Christie on Monday in a State House news conference in which he urged a quick hearing to "stop this six-year roadblock on filling this seat."
But Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who was out of state Monday, rejected the idea.
"This nominee will not have a hearing and the only way I will consider a Christie nominee is if the governor preserves judicial independence by submitting a Democrat for the Court," said Sweeney, who controls the Senate calendar and agenda.
Because only Democrats preserve judicial independence; Republicans are ideologues who hate puppies, babies, and apple pie. Or so Sweeney would have us believe.
The reality is that Democrats have politicized the judiciary in this state, demanding continuation of blatantly activist rulings that align with their progressive political ideals. They don't want an independent state Supreme Court, they want a court that always rules in their favor. They lack the votes to override Christie's vetoes so they need to push their agenda via judicial activism.
And that means blocking nominees who rely on the rule of law rather than the shibboleths of social justice.
So spare me the sanctimony of Washington Democrats. I find it funny that Obama is meeting with Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley this morning, just to whine about how they're "disrespecting" him, or something. And as if his team didn't make the rules in the first place.
If he really wants to break the logjam, Obama should haul Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and the lefty members of our state's House delegation into the Oval Office and tell them to get Steve Sweeney off the stick pronto. Then maybe his hypocrisy won't be so obvious.
Yeah, OK, you can stop laughing, because I'm not holding my breath either.
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