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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Sunday, April 8, 2012, 6:35 PM

I'm on temporary assignment away from the Christie beat, but I had to check in with the latest from our world-traveling governor.

Christie is scheduled to wrap up his first official overseas trip today, returning from Jordan, where he hung with the king, and from Israel, where he visited the holy sites, gazed into Syria and boosted the buzz about his vice-presidential prospects. (Dozens of photos, here).

The Star-Ledger took a look at which power brokers accompanied Christie on the trip, including the guy that chaired the group that called for Rutgers-Camden to be folded into Rowan University. And the Bergen Record explored the places that Christie didn't visit (and therefore the political perspectives that he may have missed). Politico, meanwhile, speculated that the trip bolstered his chances of being Mitt Romney's veep.

POSTED: Sunday, April 1, 2012, 5:42 PM

In case you missed it, in today's paper I looked at the present -- and historical -- lack of representation by South Jersey on the state Supreme Court.

Democrats demanded "diversity" from Republican Gov. Christie in picking two new justices for the New Jersey Supreme Court. And he obliged, several times over, checking off these diversity boxes with just two nominations: African American and gay; Korean American and immigrant.

One of those appointees, Chatham Mayor Bruce Harris, who is black, gay, and Republican, gets his first Senate hearing soon. But the other, Phillip Kwon, a Korean American immigrant who would have been the court's first justice of Asian descent, has been rejected by the Senate judiciary committee - thanks largely to questions over his family's business dealings - in an unprecedented rebuke of Christie.

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