Dem Senator Delays Obama Judicial Pick
Some say Robert Menendez holding grudge
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Obama is facing a battle over a judicial nominee—and his opponent is a fellow Democrat. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is delaying the confirmation of a judge to a federal Court of Appeals, and he hasn't given the New York Times a reason. But insiders think it may be a personal matter: Judge Patty Shwartz is in a long-term relationship with an official who investigated Menendez during an election year, and Menendez holds that the investigation was driven by politics.

"Every lawyer in the world will tell you that she’s extraordinarily qualified, a decent person and an excellent judge, and would be an asset to the circuit," says a New Jersey court official. "This was going to be words and music for her, then something happened." For a judge to be confirmed, New Jersey's senators—both Democrats—need to hand in a recommendation on the matter. It's been three months since Shwartz's nomination, and still Menendez hasn't offered the necessary paperwork; his fellow senator has applauded the nomination. Click through for details on Mendendez's possible grudge.

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Antone123
Jan 12, 2012 6:25 AM CST
Pay back is a bitch.
Derni
Jan 7, 2012 6:25 AM CST
He'd be gone in the next election if they didn't need him to battle the crass Gov Christie..but then again..he'd better watch his backside :) friendly fire can kill you
OuttaHere
Jan 6, 2012 10:01 PM CST
Another one that needs to lose his reelection bid.