Some say it’s a done deal: Bruce Harris, Mayor of Chatham and Governor Christie’s Supreme Court nominee, won’t be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
The Star-Ledger reported this last week (Spoto, 5/22), and others have weighed in since. Here is a sampling:
“Before a second of testimony has been heard or a single question has been asked, once again Democrats are disrespecting the nomination process and rushing to judgment to kill another qualified man’s nomination before he even sits in the committee room.”- Kevin Roberts, spokesman for Governor Christie
“The nomination of Mr. Harris sends the wrong message, that we can only achieve diversity on the Supreme Court through lowering the bar for qualifications. In a state with many distinguished African-American lawyers and judges, nothing could be further from the truth.” – Senator Ronald Rice, leader of the NJ Black Legislative Caucus
“I don’t think it’s going to be an extremely long hearing because there’s just not a lot of experience to question him on,” Senator Nick Scutari, Senate Judiciary Chair
(and of course)
“It’s interesting that someone like Nick Scutari, with his educational background [found Harris unqualified]” – Governor Christie.