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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Judge Alito Has Friends in Pennsylvania – Not New Jersey

Judge Samuel Alito, a native of New Jersey, has the support of Pennsylvania’s two Senators, Rick Santorum (R) and Arlen Spector (R), as well as top Democrats in the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania Democrat, Robert Casey, running against Senator Rick Santorum for the U.S. Senate, announced yesterday that he supports confirming Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Casey's announcement came hours after Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), an abortion-rights supporter and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said he thinks Alito ought to be confirmed. Rendell’s wife Midge serves with Alito on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals,

Now in Alito's home state of New Jersey it's a different story. Former Senator and now-Governor Corzine (D-NJ) skipped the traditional role of introducing a constituent to the Senate as a Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) remains undecided. "This is a man who is very capable. It's a question of how he uses those capabilities. That's the question for me. I want to wait until we uncover everything we can about his views," Lautenberg said.

Newly appointed Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who succeeded Gov. Corzine in the U.S. Senate, said he is still reviewing the notes of a 45-minute conversation he had with Alito last week and hopes to have a decision by the end of the week.

Menendez said he remained concerned about whether Alito would be independent of the president and the executive branch.

State Senator, Tom Kean (R-NJ) supports Judge Alito’s nomination and urged the members of the United States Senate to confirm the Judge. Kean is the presumptive Republican nominee in this year’s senate race against Menendez.

Update: Rasmussen Reports: Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans believe Samuel Alito is likely to be confirmed and serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. In every state that Rasmussen polled on this topic, a plurality or majority believe Alito should be confirmed. In New Jersey, 53% favor Alito’s confirmation, 28% oppose.



8 Comments:

At 1:51 PM, Blogger njgalaxie73 said...

In other words, let me try to get a good idea of what impact my decision will have on my Senate Campaign. What a great way to get voters to believe in your leadership qualities Senator Menendez! Just because your Hudson County Machine Voters love you and think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread dosen't mean the rest of the state does and they especially wont if you don't take a firm stand one way or another! Vote or get off the pot Senator.

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger Jack said...

Corzine didn't introduce him because Lautenberg did..

- Jersey Perspective

 
At 12:53 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Jack,

Lautenberg and ...? Yes the former Governor of New Jersey. Why? Because then-Senator Corzine skipped the time honored tradition of introducing a constituent nominee to the Senate. It was a snub pure and simple.

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Don't be rediculous. Corzine hasn't been doing anything in the senate for months.

- Jersey Perspective

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Jack,

Actually Corzine hasn’t “been doing anything in the Senate” for years, but that’s beside the point. On January 9th, the day Alito was introduced to the Senate, Corzine was Judge Alito’s Senator and Governor-elect. Christie Todd Whitman had to do the honors in his place and as you well know, she has never served in the U.S. Senate. Enough of the excuses.

 
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