Sources: Smith will not be present for Supreme Court hearings this week

When the Senate Judiciary Committee convenes tomorrow for hearings on Supreme Court nominees Bruce Harris and Phillip Kwon, don’t look for state Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) on the dais.

Sources say Smith has a scheduled five-day vacation starting tomorrow,  coinciding with the time when Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees are supposed to head before the committee.

The veteran senator’s expected absence has political observers wondering who will fill Smith’s chair to vote on the nominees at a time when Kwon, in particular, faces a tough crowd with Democratic committee members.

The seat may not be filled.

Sources say Smith anticipates voting on the nominees when he returns, as the senator trusts the committee will not yet have resolved Harris’s and Kwon’s nominations.

Sources: Smith will not be present for Supreme Court hearings this week