Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta wants incumbent Cory Booker to let President Donald Trump fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I wholeheartedly support the President nominating a new justice and the Senate majority leader calling a vote to confirm a justice,” Mehta said. “He needs to do his job and vote on the President’s nominee.”
Booker signed a letter with other Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee asking Chairman Lindsey Graham not to consider a Supreme Court nomination until after the winner of the 2020 presidential election in inaugurated next year.
“Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have already vowed to put forth a nominee and hold a Senate vote — a stunning display of hypocrisy from the position Senate Republicans held in 2016, when they refused to allow a vote on Merrick Garland because it was the final year of President Obama’s term,” Booker said in an Op-Ed that was published by the New Jersey Globe.
Booker said that with Ginsburg’s death “the stakes in this election just went from high to off the charts. “
Trump said on Saturday that he will announce his nomination this week and that his pick will be a woman.
Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, is Booker’s Republican opponent.