TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Christie's two picks to the state Supreme Court, sealing a breakthrough in a years-long impasse over the court's composition.
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner was confirmed on a 29-6 vote after months of speculation about whether Christie would renominate him. The Republican governor had criticized Rabner's court as liberal and activist.
The Senate also confirmed Lee Solomon, a Haddonfield Republican and state court judge, by a 34-2 vote.
Rabner, 53, a Democrat, can now serve until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. A former federal prosecutor under Christie while he was the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Rabner was first appointed to the court by Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine in 2007.