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Christie the lawyer flip-flops on Sotomayor the judge

This is how solid Chris Christie’s bedrock values and judgment are … when he sees his side is losing.

Just days ago, came the discussion of remarks Christie made about Barack Obama’s choice of Sonia Sotomayor as his choice for Supreme Court nominee:

During a Republican primary debate on WOR 710 AM radio May 27th, Christie was asked his outlook toward Sotomayor. “She wouldn’t have been my choice, no,” he replied.

When asked to elaborate, Christie said, “Well, no, I mean listen, that’s the question. She wouldn’t have been my choice. Absolutely not. Not my kind of judge.”

And now that it seems his side is losing, he’s running to catch up and lead, or at least look like he’s leading.

From Chris Christie’s statement (emphasis mine):

After watching and listening to Judge Sotomayor’s performance at the confirmation hearings this week, I am confident that she is qualified for the position of Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Elections have consequences.  One of those consequences are judicial appointments.  While Judge Sotomayor would not have been my choice, President Obama has used his opportunity to fill a seat on the Supreme Court by choosing a nominee who has more than proven her capability, competence and ability.  I support her appointment to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to keep politics out of the process and confirm her nomination.  Qualified appointees should be confirmed and deserve bi-partisan support.  Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito deserved that support based on their work as Circuit Court Judges. So does Judge Sotomayor. As a result, I support her confirmation.  This is a historic moment and her inspiring success story should not only make the Latino community proud, but all Americans.

Chris Christie’s running on his record as a lawyer, but had trouble recognizing a judge, for the highest court in the land, whose abilities, it turns out, he and his GOP colleagues have trouble challenging.

Just want that pointed out.

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday. July 17, 2009

Jon Corzine

  • President Obama was here yesterday for the Governor.
  • And it was quite a health care reform rally.
  • New poll, more uncomfortable news.
  • Jon Corzine has some tough fundraising ahead.
  • Seems some Monmouth Dems were shut out of the Obama event yesterday, except Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich, who used his connections at Democracy for America (DFA). UPDATE: Yeah, Ed Zipprich said the source of this story was making it up, and he didn’t get to go.
  • Shout-out to the Blue Jerseyans who were tweeting with our hashtag for the event, #ObamaNJ, including: @njnewsgrrl, @FrankPallone, @PrimoNJ, @PeterCammarano, @Jason_Springer, @JeffPGardner, @joeynovick, @NJDemocrat, @ginaverge17, @40thDistrict, @jerrylore, @leafygreeninfo, @bluejersey, and me, @TikaRosi. Hey, have you joined us on Twitter?

    Yeah, I didn’t see them, either

  • Republican protesters at PNC Arts Center, opposing Corzine.

    Five years later

  • Josh Margolin looks back on the McGreevey scandal.

    For some seniors and disabled New Jerseyans

  • The check is in the mail.

    $4.5 million

  • Edison is cutting costs.

    Not for ties, for shoes, for cufflinks, or hair ribbons

  • Responding to a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the FEC has ruled that campaign funds can’t be used for wardrobe. But the two House Democrats named – including Rep. Rob Andrews – won’t be punished.

    Cumberland County prosecutor

  • Attorney General Anne Milgram is blocking Tina Kell for prosecutor.

    Texting, and the finger, in your car

  • Both are up, in New Jersey.
  • Obama-Corzine Open Thread

    Well, we’re here. Helicopters above and massive traffic and lines below. We must be at the PNC Arts Center, for the first visit by a new President, Barack Obama, to stand beside Governor Jon Corzine.

    Jason and I – and a horde of other press folks all carrying equipment – have been here for hours. And we’re a little late getting to our seats behind the television camera risers, because we had Jason go down from the heat after almost two hours standing in the press line, which was in full sun, close quarters, and no movement. EMS and the state police came running, with blood pressure cuffs, ice for the back of his neck and water for me to pour over his head. I’ll try to post pix later of the occasion. And I thought I was the gimpy one. He’s fine now, and we’re in the press section, behind rafters full of television cameras, setting up and listening to a wild crowd.

    Michael Jackson on the sound system. Blue-and-white Obama-Corzine signs everywhere. An astonishing number of women teetering in very high strappy shoes. Good cheer. And a vast American flag hanging from the rafters.

    Dana Redd, thanking everybody. Star-Spangled banner. The rest of it, in live-blog, below.  

    Obama-Corzine Today – who’s going? who’s twittering?

    Blue Jersey will be there this afternoon when President Barack Obama steps on the stage at PNC Arts Center with Gov. Jon Corzine. We’ll bring you all the color commentary we can. will be doing some live video. h/t JM

    If you’re there, you might see me or Jason there, so come by the lowly press section (looks like we’ll be behind the risers full of cameras, in a work area for press); we’d love to say hello.

    Will you be there and twittering? Here’s a hashtag to use: #ObamaNJ

    It will be interesting to see what the LG buzz is today, or if there are any surprise announcements (or if any of the short-listers are mysteriously absent).  

    Draft Pinkett

    Yes, Jon Corzine has just thrown the curve ball we’ve heard rumors about over the last couple days. Randal Pinkett has been announced as his pick for the Lieutenant Governor spot.

    Dr. Pinkett

    Marriage Equality comes up for a vote tonight in Red Bank

    UPDATE: The resolution passed unanimously (with two members on vacation). So, let’s see … Maplewood. Red Bank. Who’s up next? -JG

    A resolution supporting marriage equality, and other legislation supporting the rights of gay people, comes up tonight before the Red Bank Council, and councilman Ed Zipprich would love to see the room filled to capacity with supporters.

    Red Bank Council meets tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 1st floor Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Public comment usually comes early in the meetings, we’re told.

    Tonight’s resolution was rescheduled from last month, after it became apparent that not all members of council were familiar with the disparity between the rights accorded married people and the rights accorded those in civil unions. Councilman Ed Zipprich, who also serves as Development Director for NJ Stonewall Democrats and Monmouth Democracy for America (DFA) leader, says the fact his borough’s council is 100% Democrat doesn’t guarantee passage of tonight’s resolution. He expects lively discussion, and hopes for active audience participation.

    The resolution is based on one that was passed last month by the National Conference of Mayors, and also signifies support for the following pieces of federal legislation; Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Matthew Shepard Act, Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which repeals Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, about which congressmen Holt, Andrews and Pallone feel very strongly, and Uniting American Families Act. If this passes, Red Bank becomes the first city in NJ to follow the national mayors’ lead on all these proposals, though Maplewood passed – unanimously – a marriage equality resolution last month, too.

    Sen. Jennifer Beck lives in Red Bank. If this passes, that means the Senate Judiciary Committee member and featured player on Chris Christie’s short-list for LG, will live in one of the gay-friendliest towns in America. And wouldn’t that be nice?  

    Is the race tightening?

    Corzine is now saying internal polls put him behind only four percentage points, 42%-38%. Wally:

    On a conference call with campaigns supporters, Gov. Jon Corzine and his campaign strategist, Steve DeMicco, said their internal poll has Republican Christopher Christie ahead by four percentage points, 42%-38%, with independent Christopher Daggett at 4%.

    If that’s accurate, it shows a further eroding of the commanding lead Christie was showing in the early general, before voters knew much about him.

    Before they saw what he is capable of.

    Before they saw how much trouble he has with specifics.

    With answering questions.

    What his judgement is.

    Before his values issues.

    Who is mentors are.

    And his friends.

    And what the record he’s running on really is.

    Corzine & Christie agree to answer recent vets on their issues

    Veterans for Education, which shows 524 supporters on its facebook organizing page, is announcing that both Gov. Jon Corzine and Chris Christie have agreed to participate in a panel discussion on vets issues.

    Vets for Education, started by Iraq and Afghanistan War vets, is the first campus-based veterans organization in the state. Its president is 24-year-old Bryan Adams, Purple Heart recipient and a man who knows first-hand the effects of PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – on many returning vets. He is also the face of an Addy Award-winning tv spot for IAVA – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Veterans for Education has a history sponsoring face-to-face events; they hosted the first debate between John Adler and Chris Myers last year.

    I’m glad to see this organization feel its power. They understand that educational opportunity is a key right that we owe our vets, and they advocate with institutions of higher learning to make it as easy as possible for soldiers to participate in distance learning like college correspondence courses, and online coursework in degree fields related to their occupational specialty.

    Corzine agreed to the panel discussion at a ceremony this weekend where he signed into law that state and official US flags be made in America.  Christie had already agreed.

    Date and location are still TBA for the Corzine/Christie matchup. But Veterans for Education says questions will center on issues important to Iraq and Afghanistan vets, including a 14% unemployment rate, and the fact that vets of those wars are becoming homeless at a much faster rate than any other conflict.

    You can join Veterans for Education here. They are non-partisan. But any group that advocates for opportunity for veterans, and their education, is progressive, the way I see it.  

    Pete Seeger’s Sloop Clearwater, now patrolling the Hudson with help from Stevens

    This is very cool.

    Sloop Clearwater

    The Sloop Clearwater is now sailing the Hudson River carrying a sensor from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken that generates real-time transmission of position, time, surface water temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen concentrations in the northern area of the Hudson River. And that can provide information that will improve the health of the entire river, including the part that forms New Jersey’s state line.

    Founded in 1969 by musician/environmental activist Pete Seeger and a group of friends, Sloop Clearwater – centerpiece of the organization bearing its name – is a 106-foot replica of 18th-19th century sailing ships. It’s a combination environmental workshop, musical stage, and populist movement. And bringing environmental education to the people of all ages that come out to see it, is its heart and soul. New Jersey Friends of Clearwater is an ally offshoot, with an annual music festival that highlights the health of our part of the river.

    The Stevens sensor’s $16,000 cost is funded by the Hudson River Foundation, and will be displayed at HRECOS – the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System. The data generated will help scientists and environmentalists understand what goes on under the water’s surface. But it’s also a boon to recreational users like kayakers (wind conditions) and anglers (salinity and water temperature).  

    Randall Terry Horror Show gets local on Sotomayor


    With confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor set to begin July 13, there’s not much credible life in the Republican opposition.

    With Republicans’ disastrous losses over the last year, not to mention the recent gubernatorial embarrassments, the GOP’s surely looking to expand their base beyond its rather limited current demographic. So a challenge to an African-American president’s Hispanic woman nominee? Not easy, particularly given their leadership problems.

    So, that leaves a void for the crazies to show up and try to drive GOP’s debate – and message machine – to the right. The ugliest and most full of crap right.

    That brings me to the image on the right, from a pamphlet of the Defeat Sotomayor Tour, coming to Philly tomorrow: noon Wednesday, he and his minions do a press event pitched as “pleading with Cardinal Justin Rigali withhold communion from Senator Casey if Casey votes for Sotomayor”

    This is reprehensible.Start with the attempted interference of one Catholic in the private religious matters – communion – of another. Terry has no decency: Defied court order to stay off U. of Notre Dame grounds at the Obama commencement address. Inserted himself in the Terry Schiavo case, on the side of “because God told me to” and against medical science. Taunted murdered doctor Dr. George Tiller at his Wichita clinic for 18 years, with his Operation Rescue. Calls you child killer if you’re pro-choice.

    What he calls Sotomayor is Angel of Death, the revolting image in red on his scary-assed literature, and his road-show will end in D.C. in time for her confirmation hearing. And right now – he’s got some nerve – he”s at Tiller’s own clinic.

    If you life in SJ and happen to pass Cardinal Rigali’s North 17th Street chancery tomorrow, snap us a picture. This guy needs to be watched.