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Quote of the Day: The best decision I made as Governor

At the endorsement by Latino leaders yesterday of Governor Corzine, Senator Menendez offered some stinging critiques of the Christie/Gauadagno ticket on everything ranging from comments they’ve made about the dangers of Newark, to turning down stimulus funds and what Christie’s opinions of Sonia Sotomayor really mean. Here’s how the exchange ended:

Menendez closed with a parting elbow at Christie, noting that he had to go, and wasn’t in the habit of driving the wrong way down one-way streets, a slapshot at the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s car accident in Elizabeth seven years ago, which occurred when he was trying to get to a swearing-in ceremony.

“You want to know what the best decision I made as governor was?” said a beaming Corzine, who rose at the podium as Menendez shot out of the room amid cheers. “He just left.”

Unintended irony

In not one but two diaries yesterday, a reader took issue with our posting Chris Christie’s disapproving remarks about Justice-elect Sonia Sotomayor. Twice, the reader linked to the same quote from Christie, as evidence he supported Sotomayor:

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.

But here’s the thing; his link to the Christie quote above is from this Daily Record editorial. And – Holy unintended irony, Batman! – what this editorial’s about is how Christie’s kind words on Sotomayor are a decision “rooted in politics” … “showing he can read the political winds.” What does The Daily Record suggest is really behind Christie’s new warmth to the judge? Fear, that strident opposition to Sotomayor risks losing support from a growing voting block: Hispanics.

I agree. That’s what I think too.

And this is a problem. Christie’s very hip to the politics of self-preservation, of couching his answers so that he says very little.

Avoiding uncomfortable topics …

Dodging reporters’ questions…

Controlling his perimeter …

Getting prickly when called to explain his actions as US Attorney.

And with Sotomayor, revising stuff not because he reconsiderswhich I’d respect – but because he’s figured out he aint got the winning strategy. Christie seems unwilling, or unable, to make decisions based on the merits.

Christie’s laudatory words came after he dismissed Sotomayor with a gentlemanly “Not my kind of judge”. And after realizing- along with the rest of the right-wing fake outrage machine – that scare tactics mocking Sotomayor as some kind of crusading, white guy-hating racist wasn’t going to fly.

I know he never said those words. Listen up: He did not have to. That’s what the right-wing fake outrage machine is for. They bleet the on Fox, and anywhere near a radio microphone. Then the candidate comes along behind with much, much more modulated language, and scoops up all the people riled up by the bull.

That’s how it works. And we all know that.  

Congratulations, Justice Sotomayor!

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Just a short while ago, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as our newest Supreme Court Justice. The vote was 68-31, with nine Republicans joining the unanimous Democratic caucus, with her champion, Sen. Ted Kennedy, unable to vote because of illness.

For Sotomayor’s rise from the housing projects in the Bronx to the top of the legal profession, people all over New Jersey are high-fiving today’s vote. She is only the third woman on the US Supreme Court; she is the first Hispanic in the Court’s history. And she overcame a nasty opposition campaign that tried to manipulate public opinion by mocking her for referring to herself as a wise Latina when what she was really doing was trying to inspire a room full of women and Latinos to study hard and think about pursuing a life in the law. Exactly the kind of aiming high we always say we hope Americans do.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie gave every evidence of lining up behind the right-wing spin on Sotomayor, the same spin that just fell flat in record time in the Senate. “Not my kind of judge,” he said, about her.

Well, Justice Sotomayor is Jon Corzine’s kind of judge. It took about 15 minutes after the Senate’s vote for the campaign to issue this:

Today’s vote is a victory for selecting members of the Supreme Court –  who serve lifetime terms –  based on merit, and not allowing propaganda and nonsense to get in the way of getting the best people working for us. It’s a victory. Who can you send this video to, to celebrate it?  

Menendez talks political implications of opposing Sotomayor and the NJ Governor’s race

Senator Menendez appeared on Morning Joe today ahead of the vote on Sonia Sotomayor to discuss the fact that many in the GOP are opposing her nomination and what the implications of those votes. He said he thinks the reality is that Justice Roberts will have gotten more Democratic votes than support that Republicans will provide Sotomayor. Peggy Noonan turned the questioning toward the Governor’s race to ask how things could have changed so much in a year where a state went heavily for Obama and now has Corzine struggling in the polls:

NJ Senators fight for Sotomayor ahead of Senate vote

We saw speeches on the floor of the Senate yesterday ahead of the confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor.  Our Senators are squarely in her corner fighting for her confirmation:

Menendez: She is “one of the most qualified judges ever to be nominated to be a Supreme Court justice, more qualifications in terms of federal experience than any justice nominated in the last 100 years, someone whose record of faithfulness to the Constitution, to the rule of law, precedent, is really unquestionable.”

Lautenberg: “If confirmed, she will be the only member of the Supreme Court who has previously worn a trial judge robe..”

Here are Senator Menendez’s comments from the floor on why she should become the next Supreme Court Justice:

And here is some video from Politico of a rally held yesterday on Capitol Hill with Legislators and supporters where Senator Menendez spoke as well:

CSPAN sent out a tweet linking to their running tallies of commitments for voting.  As it stands now, there are 63 Senators in favor, 31 voting in opposition and 6 members that are undecided, with 5 of those undecided being Democrats. They are scheduled to have the vote in the Senate later today.  

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.

Alicia Menendez defends Sotomayor, while Christie is hit over comments

The Senator should be proud. His daughter, Alicia Menendez went on MSNBC yesterday afternoon to defend Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor in a segment they called Face Off:

While Menendez was busy standing up for Sotomayor, comments made by Chris Christie returned to the news.  This is what he said in the primary about Sotomayor:

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.”

Those comments came under fire from State Party Chairman Joe Cryan:

As Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee began Monday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told the nominee, “Unless you have a complete meltdown, you’re going to get confirmed.”

“Judge Sotomayor has received the highest praise from well-respected members of the legal community, civic groups and political leaders on both sides of the aisle, withstanding intense scrutiny since being nominated by President Obama in May,” Cryan said.

“It is appalling that despite her vast experience and unquestionable qualifications – qualifications that his own honorary campaign chairman recognizes – Christie would align himself with right wing conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich in rejecting Judge Sotomayor, the first Latina nominated to the highest court in the nation, without as much as an explanation beyond tersely dismissing her as “not my kind of judge.'”

Well, she wasn’t his kind of judge in the primary, but that’s when he still had shared values. The Sotomayor debate will continue this week as she is questioned further before Congress during her confirmation hearings.  

Randall Terry Horror Show gets local on Sotomayor

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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.