TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Bruce Harris’ state Supreme Court nomination 7-6, with only Democrat Brian Stack crossing the aisle to vote with the Republicans.
Voting with Stack in Harris’ favor were Republican Sens. Joe Kyrillos, Gerald Cardinale, Jennifer Beck, Kevin O’Toole and Christopher Bateman.
But aligned against him were Democratic Sens. Nicholas Scutari, Nia Gill, Loretta Weinberg, Nellie Pou, Raymond Lesniak, Paul Sarlo and Linda Greenstein.
The breakdown was identical to the one that scuttled the high court nomination of Phil Kwon earlier this year.
Stack told Harris: “I believe you would be a great justice. You do have my vote. I vote yes.”
But Sarlo said he could not get past the lack of courtroom experience, and he told Harris he took no joy in voting no.