NJ Senate Panel Rejects Christie Supreme Court Nominee

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey Senate committee on Thursday rejected one of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's two nominees to the state supreme court after questioning his party affiliation and settled allegations that a family liquor store violated bank regulations designed to combat tax evasion and other misconduct.

Raising concerns over those issues and others, the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 against the nomination of Phillip H. Kwon, with Republicans blasting the hearing as a witch hunt. Only one Democrat voted for Kwon.

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