Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. (Union, Somerset, Morris) stated the following regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s state Supreme Court nomination of Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina:
“When it comes to New Jersey’s Supreme Court, Gov. Christie has gone above and beyond his duties to give this Senate the opportunity to ignore politics and confirm the most balanced and diverse slate of Justices in state history.
“Camden Assignment Judge Fernandez-Vina stands out on the list of uniquely qualified Supreme Court nominees that the most-successful U.S. Attorney for New Jersey has put forth for this Senate to confirm.
“Assignment Judge Fernandez-Vina has an impressive track-record that has earned him a pair of overwhelming New Jersey Senate confirmations, appointment to the state Superior Court by a Democratic governor and resounding praise from Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. Fernandez-Vina brings diversity as a Hispanic man who stands to be the only Supreme Court Justice from South Jersey.
“Senate Democrats have in an unprecedented manner denied the people what they wanted when they elected Gov. Christie: a constitutional and unprejudiced state Supreme Court that will interpret the law and not create and uphold excessive spending mandates that burden our overtaxed residents. They must end the political games that are hurting our people by holding an immediate confirmation hearing for Judge Fernandez-Vina and overdue hearings for supremely qualified nominees Bauman and Hanna.”