Confirmation Hearings Set For NJ Court Nominees

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

The two Supreme Court nominees who were the subject of a deal between Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey’s Senate president will get confirmation hearings Monday.

The agreement between the Republican governor and Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, paved the way for Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to be reconfirmed and Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon to be confirmed for an initial seven-year term. A seventh seat on the bench will remain vacant.

If both are confirmed, the court would gain a Republican member, shifting the partisan balance to three Republicans, two Democrats and one independent.