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Christie nominates 2 to high court

6-3-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has re-nominated the chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Stuart Rabner’s nomination was submitted Tuesday. Christie earlier struck a deal with Democrats over nominees.

Christie also nominated Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon to the high court on Tuesday.

The agreement with Senate President Stephen Sweeney all but assures that Democrat Rabner, who is 53, and Republican Solomon, who is 59, will be confirmed by the Senate.

Rabner would be able to serve until age 70. Solomon would serve a 7-year term before becoming eligible for tenure.

A seventh seat on the court will remain vacant and will be filled temporarily by the most senior member of the state Appellate Court.

The judiciary has been a constant source of tension between the governor and legislature.