NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Chris Christie appears to have given up on getting one of his Supreme Court nominees confirmed, and has instead filed a notice of intent to nominate Robert Hanna as a lower court judge.

Christie filed the required pre-nomination documents on Hanna, acting Attorney General John Hoffman and six other pending Superior Court nominees on Thursday.

A notice of intent must be filed seven days before a nomination is made.

The previous nominations to the Supreme Court for Hanna, who is head of the Board of Public Utilities, and Superior Court Judge David Bauman expire Jan. 14.

Democrats have not scheduled confirmation hearings on either nominee in more than a year.

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