Judge Alito Has Friends in Pennsylvania – Not New Jersey
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.