As he prepares to grill state Supreme Court nominee Lee Solomon later today, state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) acknowledged worry over Solomon’s record on the issue of schools funding.
When Solomon served in the legislature in the early 1990s, he co-sponsored a bill requiring free pre-k schooling in New Jersey’s 30 Abbott School districts.
Doherty bristled when he found out about that vote.
“I’m concerned,” said the movement conservative from Warren County who wants to revamp the schools funding formula.
Doherty said he has not yet made up his mind about Solomon’s overall fitness for the Supreme Court.
But unless Solomon can reverse himself on that 1993 vote or justify it, the state senator said he’s inclined not to be very enthusiastic about his nomination.
The Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon will interview Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who is up for tenure; and Judge Solomon, who would be Christie’s third appointee to the high court.