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Senate panel moves Matey nomination

Judiciary Committee approves Trump appointee despite Menendez, Booker opposition

By David Wildstein, February 07 2019 6:01 pm

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has moved the nomination of Paul Matey to serve as a judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, despite opposition from New Jersey senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.

President Donald Trump nominated Matey, a deputy chief counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, to the bench in April 2018, but the Senate did not move to confirm him.  Trump renominated him last month.

Booker and Menendez had used “blue slips,” an old tradition of the Senate not moving forward on nominations without the approval of home-state senators.

That tradition has mostly disappeared.

The Judiciary panel moved 44 of Trump’s judicial appointees today, including Wendy Vitter, who declined to opine whether Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark civil rights case, was decided correctly.

Matey, 47, was an assistant U.S. Attorney while Christie was New Jersey’s federal prosecutor.  He was the general counsel at University Hospital before joining Lowenstein Sandler.

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