Fernandez-Vina high court hearing set for Oct. 17

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene Oct. 17 to consider the governor’s nomination of Judge Faustino Fernández-Vina to the state Supreme Court.

Gov. Chris Christie formally nominated the Camden County judge on Monday.

Two other Christie high court nominees – Robert Hanna and David Bauman – remain in limbo awaiting hearings.

Two earlier nominees – Bruce Harris and Phil Kwon – were rejected by the Judiciary Committee.

Christie’s avowed intent to reshape the court has put him at odds with Democratic leaders.

When he first introduced Fernandez-Vina as his next nominee, Christie said this would give the court Hispanic, south Jersey representation. In addition, Christie pointed out that he is a person who has been praised by both sides of the aisle. Fernandez-Vina, of Barrington, is registered Republican.

If approved, he would replace Justice Helen Hoens, whom Christie informed would not be renominated.