Addiego praises colleague for turning down judgeship

Assemblywoman Dawn Addiego (R-Evesham) said yesterday that she was “very proud of” her district’s state senator, Phil Haines (R-Springfield), for declining Gov. Jon Corzine’s nomination to a superior court judgeship last month.

“It was the right thing to do, and I think it sends a message,” said Addiego. “It’s a message that everyone’s not willing to play the political game.”

But Democrats think it is Haines and the Burlington County Republicans who are playing political games.  Although Haines said he declined the nomination on the grounds that he disagreed with Corzine’s lame duck push through of hundreds of appointees and nominees, Democrats argued that Burlington County Republicans merely wanted to avoid a special election for Haines’ seat.

Addiego disagreed.

“Until [Haines] is confirmed, there’s no guarantee he’s actually going to get that judgeship.  So he’s taking risks, and it’s a risk he didn’t have to take.  To turn down that appointment is very significant,” she said.

Addiego praises colleague for turning down judgeship