Kean wings it on top court confirmation

State Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. did not prepare any advance questions for a hearing on the confirmation of Virginia Long to the New Jersey Supreme Court, according to a spokesperson for his campaign. Kean, who switched from the Senate Appropriations Committee to Judiciary this year, and GOP State Senator Robert Martin joined the seven Democrats on the panel to support Long’s confirmation. The other two Republican Senators on Judiciary, Gerald Cardinale and Joseph Kyrillos, voted no. The Kean campaign’s Jill Hazelbaker argues strongly that the GOP State Senator was well prepared. “He doesn’t have to have typewritten questions,” Hazelbaker told PoliticsNJ.com. “He had four major areas of questioning that he wanted to hear answers from the Justice on: the switcheroo (Torricelli/Lautenberg), Abbot vs. Burke, Lance vs. McGreevey and her judicial philosophy and temperament.” Long, a Democrat who served in Governor Brendan Byrne’s cabinet in the 1970’s, was appointed to the Supreme Court by GOP Governor Christine Todd Whitman in 1999. If the full Senate votes to confirm her, she will serve until she reaches the mandatory retirement age of seventy in June 2012.

Kean wings it on top court confirmation