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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin campaigns at a VFW barbecue in Cranford on September 8, 2018. The (NEW JERSEY GLOBE PHOTO)

Justice confirmations should be more thoughtful, Hugin says

GOP candidate says Booker was ‘grandstanding’

By David Wildstein, September 08 2018 11:29 pm

Bob Hugin supports Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but he doesn’t like the way the Senate confirmation process works.

“I’m hopeful that the Kavanaugh hearings are the low point for Washington,” Hugin told the New Jersey Globe on Saturday.  “I think it’s gotten so partisan.  People don’t see the big picture from their own little trees of their party politics.  It’s embarrassing to the country that people aren’t fulfilling their duty of a thoughtful review to make sure that the person who is going to this office is vetted in the right, proper way.”

Hugin thinks too many people rush to judgment on key presidential nominations without any deliberation.

“There were so many people who said he was the wrong person before they knew who the person was.  They said they wouldn’t vote for him before they knew anything about him,” the Republican U.S. Senate candidate said.  “Whether you vote for him or not, it should be based on a thoughtful, appropriate review.”

The former drug company CEO thinks the commotion over U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s release of some Kavanaugh documents was more theatrics than anything else, so he’s not among the Republicans who are calling for an Ethics Committee investigation of Booker.

“I don’t know what there is to investigate.  He was grandstanding about something that was already going to be available,” Hugin said.

Asked if he would apply a litmus test to 2020 presidential candidates based on their agreement to support New Jersey infrastructure projects like funding for the Gateway tunnel – the same question asked of Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this week – Hugin said he would, right now.

“New Jersey has been so underserved when it comes to infrastructure, I hate to wait until 2020 for it to be a litmus test.  I think in 2019 it should be a litmus test,” Hugin said.  “My focus has to be on what is best for New Jersey.  Every vote has to be on what’s best for New Jersey.”

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