Sweeney on court nominees’ hearings: ‘not going to rush the process’

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), of West Deptford, said Wednesday he’s doing his “due diligence” when it comes to deciding when to hold a hearing on Gov. Chris Christie’s two state Supreme Court nominations.

Despite being slammed by Christie on at least two occasions, including Tuesday when Christie called Sweeney the obstructionist-in-chief, Sweeney said he’s not going to be pushed into holding a hearing for such important posts until he feels it’s appropriate.

“When it’s time, we’ll make a decision,” Sweeney said about holding a Judiciary Committee hearing for David Bauman and Robert Hanna. “It’s not time to make a decision, yet.”

He couldn’t provide an approximate timetable of when a hearing would be scheduled.

“I’m not going to rush the process … it’s the Supreme Court … I’m not going to put myself in a box and say I’m doing it tomorrow and then we find something else we got to look into. So when the time’s right, we’ll do it.”

When asked how he felt when Christie said Sweeney should not take his salary unless he starts doing his job, Sweeney smiled and said, “I enjoy all the things the governor says.”

The Democrat-controlled Judiciary rejected Christie’s two earlier nominees last year, Phil Kwon and Bruce Harris.  

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