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Christie Calls Proceedings ‘A Circus’ As Senate Panel Rejects Supreme Court Nominee

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Senate panel rejected Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday.

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The Democratic panel voted 7-6 against Phillip Kwon, handing the Republican governor a rare defeat and causing Christie to declare the proceedings a “shameful mockery of a hearing.”

The governor said that the panel did not act in the best interest of New Jersey, leading him to charge “This was a circus, not a judicial hearing.”

Kwon, who is a Korean-American, would have been the first Asian-American to serve on the Supreme Court had he been confirmed.

Kwon was grilled through the day Thursday about his political affiliation and involvement in a lawsuit against the family’s liquor store. The 44-year-old faced questions about a New York liquor store owned by his mother and wife.

Kwon’s mother made 222 cash deposits from store proceeds just under the amount that would trigger federal reporting. The family forfeited $160,000 to settle civil charges.

Republicans on the panel called the hearing a “witch hunt” and “lynch mob.” Sen. Joseph Kyrillos of Monmouth County said he has rarely been so embarrassed as a senator.

But Democrats fought back, with Sen. Loretta Weinberg saying it is their job to question nominees to make sure they are qualified.

“We analyzed the nominee on his credentials and on his forthrightness,” said Sen. Nick Scutari, who chaired the Judiciary Committee hearing. “The members of my committee took this very seriously. We were very thorough.”

The former federal prosecutor who worked under Christie at the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he was unaware of his mother’s banking practices until someone at the bank notified her. Kwon testified that when he heard what she had been doing, he agreed the type of deposits she consistently made would “raise red flags.”

Democrats also raised questions about Kwon’s politics. He’s an independent but had been a Republican.

His political alliance was an issue because traditionally a political balance is maintained on the court with no more than four justices belonging to either party. Currently, two Democrats and two Republicans are on the court and there are two vacancies.

Gov. Christie said Democrats questioned Kwon’s “integrity without any basis.” Consideration of a second nominee, lawyer Bruce Harris, was postponed.

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  1. rabble rouser says says:

    Bruce Harris the Governor’s other appointee in waiting,has even less credentials than Kwon,and if he gets approved it will be a miracle…………When the Gov appoints two qualified Judges,he may get senate approval.But not for these two bozos

    1. rabble rouser says says:

      p.s. The only reason Kwon even got a nomination,is the Korean vote in Bergen County,that the Governor so sorely wants

  2. rabble rouser says says:

    Kwon and his family have been involved with dirty business dealings,and trying to hide cash transactions,he does not have the character or demeanor to be a Supreme Court Judge,nor does the Governors other appointee

  3. CHRISTIEISAPOS says:

    THE ONLY CIRCUS IS WHEN THIS FAT OUT OF SHAPE POS IS AT THE DINNER TABLE,AND HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN HAVE TO GET UNDER THE TABLE AND PRAY THAT MORSELS OF FOOD HIT THE FLOOR SO THEY CAN EAT TOO

  4. dakotahgeo says:

    Feed the man a cream puff or two and he’ll be happy again!

  5. Christie Is A Wild Hog Ran Away From The Pig Farm says:

    HEY TOMMY FREEDOM FYI FAT PEOPLE ARE NOT A PROTECTED CLASS UNDER THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AND TALKING ABOUT A PERSON’S APPEARANCE WHETHER IT BE THEIR WEIGHT OR IF THEY HAVE BODY ODOR IS NOT A HATE CRIME. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

  6. Tommy Freedom says:

    I see that the Progressives are an bigoted, intolerant group. Most of their comments seem to deal only with “fat” without consideration of policies. Looks like a hate crime to me.

    1. Kris says:

      Pot, meet kettle.

  7. GOVERNOR CHRISTIE BIG MACS ON THE HOUSE says:

    WHETHER THE REPUBLICANS WIN OR LOSE IN NOVEMBER, GOVERNOR CHRISTIE PROMISED FREE BIG MACS TO EVERY AMERICAN AND HATES VEGETARIANS BY CALLING THEM AN IDIOT CIRCUS.

  8. geo says:

    the ass$$$hole fatso, is the number one idiot, why is this palin contender in the news.

  9. Ladybug says:

    I’m so happy to see all these posts from people who feel the same way about Governor Blimp as I do. Finally a smart bunch who see this fat pig for what he really is – DISGUSTING.

  10. Mary says:

    Take into consideration that Christie is part of the laughable Republican campaign for President tearing each other apart!! The best foot in mouth was Santorum indirectly endorsing our dear President Obama. His remark actually was funnier than the Etch A Sketch remark coming from Romney’s campaign!! It would be to our country’s benefit if the Republicans just conceded to President Obama. Maybe they could get their act together by 2016!!

    1. Ladybug says:

      Christie should just flush the whole GOP down his toilet!!!! lol

  11. Why Does Governor Big Mac Talk SO MUCH? says:

    YOU KNOW IT MUST BE THAT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE’S BRAIN DOESN’T HAVE CELLS LIKE OURS BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO HAVE TURNED INTO A BLOB OF FAT LIKE THE REST OF HIS DISGUSTING BODY.

  12. Governor Christie Flushed His Toilet says:

    GOVERNOR CHRISTIE JUST FLUSHED HIS TOILET. UPDATE AT 11 P.M.

  13. steve says:

    fot big no brains………

  14. NYCsewer says:

    I bet fat boy is at McDonalds tonight Super sizing a Happy Meal to make him feel better

  15. Mr. Fatso's Neighborhood says:

    HEY KIDS IT’S MR. FATSO’S NEIGHBORHOOD. THE WORD OF THE DAY IS ELEPHANT. CAN YOU SAY ELEPHANT? MR. FATSO IS ONE. TIME TO GO NOW KIDS GOTTA FEED GOVERNOR FATSO.

  16. Ed says:

    Surprised he dint call all of them idiots! That seems to be his buzz word of the month. Whenever something doesnt go his way, its always someone elses fault. Its a shame he cant see how he behaves and wants to know why people dont respect him or the people he chooses. Yeah KARMA alright.

  17. mark says:

    The NJ Senate is a “circus” and Christie is a clown. Really, does anybody take him seriously anymore? He is a manatee in a suit.

    1. NYCsewer says:

      Most Americans don’t know what a manatee is

  18. Christie The King Hog On The Farm says:

    CHRISTIE HAS NERVE CALLING IT A CIRCUS WHEN HIS BACKSIDE IS THE SIZE OF A CIRCUS TENT THAT FAT MESSY BUCKET OF HOG SLOP.

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