Reporting David Madden
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COUNTY, NJ (CBS) – Former New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow’s bid to become a judge in North Jersey has been withdrawn by the Christie Administration.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.