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Kean Statement on Swearing-In of Acting Morris County Prosecutor Frederic Knapp

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on Governor Christie’s installment of Frederic Knapp as Acting Morris County Prosecutor:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has absolutely no justification for the massive backlog of judges, prosecutors, and other appointments that are at the discretion of any Governor, regardless of party. The excuse by Majority Democrats that they are not moving nominees out of concern for “balance” in the judiciary is an utter falsehood. They are dragging their heels out of partisan spite. No other Governor in modern state history has been treated this way with regard to nominees.

Robert Bianchi was a fine prosecutor for the people of Morris County, and I have no doubt Frederic Knapp will do an outstanding job as his successor. Whether Democrats like it or not, there is no requirement that the Governor reappoint an individual to any position. That decision is the Governor’s prerogative, and to hold up a new nominee who is clearly qualified and ready for committee consideration is a blatant abuse of the advice and consent process.

Mr. Knapp’s qualifications are unassailable. I hope this move draws attention to the chaos being wrought on the legal system in New Jersey by Democratic petulance over losing an election three years ago.

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