Sweeney holding up Supreme Court nominee hearings, Christie says

MONTVILLE – Gov. Chris Christie again called on Senate President Steve Sweeney Wednesday to stop collecting a state paycheck because of what Christie says is Sweeney’s apparent refusal to do his job.

Christie blasted the top Senate lawmaker as being the sole person who’s holding up two of the governor’s Supreme Court nominees in committee hearings. The governor took aim at Sweeney while answering a question on school funding.

“I am tired, candidly, of Steve Sweeney sticking it to the taxpayers of New Jersey,” Christie said at a town hall here.

“This is Steve Sweeney,” he said. “He has, I think, an obligation to the people of New Jersey to give these two men a fair hearing.”

Christie told voters he first ran for governor on a platform of vowing to change the makeup of the state’s Supreme Court to adjust the state’s school funding formula, which gives weight to certain at-risk school districts.

“It is why I’m trying to change the Supreme Court and is one of the reasons why I’m so frustrated by the fact that I now have two more nominees … who still haven’t gotten hearings,” he said. “I ran saying I wanted to change the Supreme Court.”

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