In response to state Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s (R-40) call on state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to suspend senatorial courtesy for Essex County, Sweeney put the focus back on Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to file nominations in the case of six judges.
“The Senate President is committed to alleviating this crisis and seeing judges seated in Essex County, if the governor would release the nominations,” said Senate Majority Spokesman Derek Roseman. “The Senate President is disappointed that the governor would hold the Court hostage in this manner.
“There has been agreement on 6 judges for Essex for a year, which the governor has refused to move on and file nominations for over Cerf. There’s agreement on those judges. They could be seated and working by the end of the year.”
Cerf is a reference to acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, whose nomination has been blocked by Sen. Ron Rice, (D-28), Newark.