Christie In Standoff With NJ Senate President

After just four months in office, New Jersey Governor Christie is in a standoff with Senate President Steven Sweeney. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly tells us, it's over the governor's nominee to the state's highest court.

REPORTER: Judges serve seven years and then have always been re-appointed until their retirement. This year Christie broke with tradition, bouncing Justice James Wallace, the high court's only African American. The Governor says a shake-up of the High Court was overdue, and he nominated Morris County lawyer Anne Patterson instead.

Democratic Senate President Sweeney says Christie's move threatens the independence of the court and he's refusing to schedule a senate confirmation hearing on the nominee. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.