Cardinale to Dems: you want diversity in second seat? Bring back Phil Kwon

Veteran state Sen. Gerald Cardinale, (R-39), Demarest, said he has a good candidate for the second available state Supreme Court seat: rejected former Deputy U.S. Attorney Phil Kwon.

“I’d like to see him come back with Kwon,” said Cardinale, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.  “If I were in his seat, I would say to the Democrats, ‘You guys rejected him and now you’re going to reconsider him.’”

The Senate Judiciary Committee failed to affirm Kwon amid questions about the candidate’s family finances.

A member of the committee, Cardinale said he thought the protests were bogus.

If Democrats truly want diversity on the court, they should revisit and sign off on Kwon, a Korean American.

In the next breath, the senator acknowledged that he doesn’t think it would happen. Christie wouldn’t want to subject Kwon to the bruising process yet again.

“Who would want to go through that?” Cardinale wondered.

Early Democratic Party reactions have been positive to Christie’s prospective Supreme Court candidate, state Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon of Haddonfield, a former Republican legislator. 

Cardinale to Dems: you want diversity in second seat? Bring back Phil Kwon