In an interview with CBS News’ John Dickerson on Sunday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he did not support Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
“I didn’t voice support for Sonia Sotomayor,” Christie told Dickerson, who asked the Republican presidential candidate about some in New Hampshire questioning his judgement on judges.
In July of 2009, however, when Christie was in the middle of his first campaign for governor against Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine, he expressed confidence in Sotomayor and explicitly urged the Senate to confirm her nomination.
“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,” Christie said, according to PolitickerNJ. “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.”
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