Look for Republicans to slow down on signoffs for gubernatorial appointments that require Senate confirmation, according to sources familiar with a meeting of the Senate Republican Caucus two weeks ago. Several Senators, reading polling data that shows Gov. Jon Corzine in trouble in November, want to stop filling positions that could go to the Republicans in January. Last week's announcement that Corzine would dump former Senate President Raymond Bateman from his seat on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has reportedly pushed some Republicans over the top. Bateman's son is State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Republicans have become increasingly aggressive over the last year, pushing for expanded confirmation hearings of judges and of State Investment Council members.