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Former NJ Attorney General Nominated For Post In South Jersey

(New Jersey attorney general Paula Dow at Wednesday's press conference.  Photo by John McDevitt)

(New Jersey attorney general Paula Dow at Wednesday’s press conference. Photo by John McDevitt)

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By David Madden

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ (CBS) – Former New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow’s bid to become a judge in North Jersey has been withdrawn by the Christie Administration. Now, she’s been nominated for a judicial post in South Jersey. What’s up?

It could be politics at play, although Governor Chris Christie insists it’s a matter of a real estate transaction.

“She’s moving to Burlington County, and once she was moving to Burlington County, she couldn’t be a judge in Essex anymore,” Christie says.

And Christie insists Dow deserves to be on the bench. But there’s this reality to ponder: State senators in Essex County have been blocking the Governor’s nominees to Superior Court, creating a bit of a problem up there. That won’t be an issue in Burlington County, where state Senate members are Republicans.

And by the way, look for a political battle royal in Trenton, as Christie’s latest state Supreme Court nominee gets a senate hearing. Democrats in the Judiciary Committee are expressing doubts that Bruce Harris will be confirmed. Philip Kwon’s nomination was denied in the same committee in March.

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