I honestly did not know how I was going to vote prior to the Judiciary Committee meeting of this past week. I read alot about Ms. Patterson’s background. I certainly did not like her client list. And I didn’t like the facts that led to her nomination. I also felt the lack of racial and ethnic diversity on the court was another very unhealthy result of her nomination by the Governor.
The first negative (the client list) did not present (in my opinion) a constitutionally sound reason to cast a “No” vote. The second two negatives were not anything which I could lay at her feet.
Ms. Patterson has an excellent educational and experience background for service on the high court. She handled the long hearing in a professional manner with a calm demeanor. She displayed the “judicial temperament” often discussed when approving a potential judge. She was excellent in her responses and very deft in her “non responses”.
When I did cast my “yes” vote, I articulated my feeling about the lack of diversity on the court. When the Governor gets his next appointment, I hope he is particularly sensitive to that concern. Although I guess “sensitive”, is not how we can describe this Governor!
So there you have it! You might agree or disagree, but I did what I thought was the right thing in this situation. Let’s hope that Ms. Patterson will not be a disappointment to us.
Other subjects from the past week include Coptergate: there’s not too much more to say about that subject. Of course, it gave Mr. Christie another opportunity to use another insulting word about another woman legislator. But you already know how I feel about that.
Today the Senate Health & Human Services Committee will hold a roundtable on the administration’s medicaid waiver proposal. It is horrifying they are proposing that a mom and two children who earn more than $103 per week would no longer be eligible for medicaid! These folks would then be in the ranks of the uninsured. Cruel and stupid.
I’ll also be participating in a press conference with some other legislators and NJN folks on what is shaping up to be a give-away of one of our state’s greatest assets. NJN is the only news station which covers New Jersey government. Their public affairs and interview shows as well as the nightly news will be no longer.We still don’t have the detail on this, and once the state report is officially released, the Legislature will have 15 days to respond or the “give-away” is considered approved. The licenses and other assets are being given for no charge, and now it seems that the State will be gifting $4 million as an added “goody” to WNET. What is wrong with this deal?
Let’s hear some cheering for keeping NJN as a real New Jersey station!
Keep your voices heard!