HAMILTON – Assuming his two Supreme Court nominees are cleared at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Gov. Chris Christie said today their ascension to the bench of the state’s highest court will help preserve an “unwritten rule” that a political party have no more than four justices.
“The partisan balance would be respected,” he said at a press conference.
Although Philip Kwon was a registered Republican when he lived in New York, Christie pointed out he never voted in the party’s primary elections. In New Jersey, Kwon is an independent, Christie said.
Bruce Harris, the other nominee, is a registered Republican.
There are presently two Democrats and two independents and one Republican on the bench. Even if Kwon is considered a Republican, Christie said the math still works, since it would still be four justices of the same political affiliation.
“It still doesn’t violate the tradition,” he said.
Christie said he’s confident the committee will approve their nomination.
“They are two outstanding lawyers,” he said.