Justice Hoens Bids Court Farewell, Steering Clear of Judicial Politics
Some Democrats had indicated she could face a difficult confirmation process because of Christie's decision in 2010 to not nominate Justice John Wallace Jr., a Democrat, for tenure.
Christie's attempts to fill Wallace's position and another seat vacated by Justice Virginia Long's retirement have been rebuffed. Those seats remain officially vacant, filled temporarily by Appellate Division judges.
Two of his nominees, Greenberg Traurig's Bruce Harris and First Assistant Attorney General Phillip Kwon, were rejected as unqualified last year by the Senate in party-line votes. Two subsequent nominees, Superior Court Judge David Bauman and Board of Public Utilities President Robert Hanna, have had their Senate confirmation hearings withheld indefinitely.
Christie has nominated Camden County Assignment Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina, another Republican, to fill Hoens' seat when her term ends on Oct. 26. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold his confirmation hearing on Oct. 17.