Chris Christie’s office does an excellent job at aggregating quotes and making the types of comparisons that show how “off” some of New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are on otherwise simple issues. For example, I received the information listed below from a press release the other day from the Governor’s office. The press release was brilliant in that it showed quotes from national Republican leaders on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan versus quotes from Democratic leaders in New Jersey on Governor Christie’s Supreme Court nominee. In fact, the quotes in the press release were so revealing that I’ve decided to share them in their entirety with you today.
After you’re done reading them, I think you’ll understand why New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are actively working to hurt the progression of the political discourse in this state. And yes, I’m saying that even after the Governor scolded that bum Tom Moran from the Star-Ledger for being too thin skinned. Speaking in real terms like the Governor does is one thing, but being obstructionists like New Jersey’s Democrats are should be completely unacceptable to New Jerseyans.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky – “Fulfilling our duty to advise and consent on a nomination to this office requires a thorough process, not a rush to judgment.” (Politico)
“This nomination will not be taken up by Senate Judiciary Committee.” (Senator Sweeny Press Release) – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem
House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio – “Solicitor General Kagan deserves a fair hearing on her qualifications.” (Cong. Boehner Press Release)
“I hope what the Senate does is actually leave it vacant…” (Daily Record) – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan, D-Union
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah – “I…look forward to actively participating in the confirmation process.” (The Washington Post)
“Regardless of her qualifications, she’s not going to get a hearing.” (NJ.com) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari, D-Union
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa – “I expect Elena Kagan to receive fair, respectful and deliberative consideration. The Constitution gives the Senate a tremendous responsibility to carefully review the President’s nominees to the Supreme Court.” (CNN)
“There is absolutely no way we’re going to have a hearing, and no reason we should.” (Associated Press) – Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama – “I look forward to learning more about Ms. Kagan through this process.” (CNN)
Sarlo said he fully supports Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s position on not granting a hearing to the Governor’s nominee. (Senator Sarlo Press Release) – Senator Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen/Essex/Passaic
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona – “I congratulate Ms. Kagan on her nomination to the United States Supreme Court.” (CNN)
Said Patterson should withdraw her name. (NJ.com) – Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina – “I intend to be fair and firm in my questioning of the nominee. The hearings can be a valuable public service as they give us a window into the nominee’s judicial philosophy and disposition.” (CNN)
Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney today said he will not authorize confirmation hearings for Governor Christie’s nominee to replace Associate Supreme Court Justice John Wallace.
(Senator Sweeny Press Release) – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem