TRENTON – Addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) put into play the name of his old foe, Cape May County GOP Chairman Michael Donohue, for a superior court judgeship.
“It’s an interesting state of affairs that the Democratic chairman and Republican chairman are both being put forward for judgeships,” said Van Drew, referring to Donohue and Cape May Democratic Chairman Jim Pickering.
A Dennis attorney, Donohue has been a real asset to the community who has been a warrior and acted with ethics, said the Democratic senator. “I believe he would be a real benefit to the court system and would be an excellent superior court judge.” said Van Drew. “I look forward to seeing him hold that position.”
“It’s like the twilight zone seeing you and Van Drew up there,” state Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) told Donohue, who subsequently received the support of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which released his nomination.
Adding to the surreal dynamics, following the Republican chairman’s success, Democratic Chairman and attorney Pickering then assumed a chair in front of the judiciary committee after enjoying a build-up from Van Drew.
The Senate Judiciary Committee similarly affirmed him without significant debate.