Two senators from New Jersey, Bob Menendez and Corey Booker, may have the opportunity to vote for the approval of Ketanji Brown Jackson as an assistant judge of the U.S. Supreme Court.
This will be the seventh nomination for the Supreme Court for Menendez and the fourth for Booker. In Booker’s case, this is potentially his first vote for the Supreme Court since he won a seat in the Senate in 2013.
Both New Jersey senators have spoken out against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court candidates: Neil Gorsach, Brett Cavanaugh and Amy Connie Barrett.
Menendez voted against the approval of Samuel Alit, a New Jersey resident, exactly two weeks after he won a seat in the U.S. Senate in January 2006. He supported the approval of Sony Satamayor and Elena Kagan.
Alita represented the tenth and final vote of U.S. Senator Frank Lawtenberg, who approved the Supreme Court judge. He voted against. Lawtenberg supported Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginzburg, Anthony Kennedy and Antonina Scolio – and opposed John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, David Souter, Robert Bork and William Rankquist.
John Basket voted for only one confirmation, in 2005, when he voted against Roberts. Robert Taricelli never had the opportunity to vote on a nomination to the Supreme Court; neither did two Republicans, who did not serve long-term appointments: Nicolas Brady and Jeff Chiesa.
During his eighteen years in the Senate, Bill Bradley voted for nine Supreme Court confirmations. He supported Sandra Day O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginzburg and Breyer and spoke out against Rankquist, Bork, Souter and Thomas.
Harrison Williams voted in twelve nominations for the Supreme Court while in the Senate from 1959 to 1982: he supported Potter Stewart, Abe Fortas, Byron White, Arthur Goldberg, Turgud Marshall, Warren Burger, Paul Burger, and Paul Garry. v. Clement Haynesworth, Harald Carswell, and Rankquist.
In his 24 years in the Senate, Clifford Case has voted in favor of confirming John Harlan, William Brennan, Charles Whitaker, Stewart, Fortas, White, Goldberg, Marshall, Burger, Blackmoon, Powell, and Powell and Stevens. and Rankquist.
Kennedy’s statement in 1988 was the last time a U.S. senator from New Jersey backed a statement by a Supreme Court judge nominated by the president of the opposing political party.