New Jersey Governor and Donald Trump policy adviser Chris Christie parted ways with the majority of GOP senators Monday in saying the Senate should hold a hearing for any Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama puts forth.
“I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do. People can vote up or down how ever they choose, but hearings should be held,” Christie said at a press conference in New Jersey.
Christie joins Maine Republican Sen. [crscore]Susan Collins[/crscore] and Illinois Republican Sen. [crscore]Mark Kirk[/crscore] in his belief that the GOP should hold confirmation hearings for an Obama SCOTUS nominee.
Trump himself told CBS moderators during the last GOP debate what he thinks about the issue.
“If the president, and if I were president now, I would certainly try to nominate a justice,” Trump explained. “I hope our Senate, Mitch and the entire group will be able to do something about it.”
“This is a tremendous blow to conservatism and frankly to our country,” he added. “I think it’s up to Mitch to McConnell and everybody to stop it. It’s called delay, delay, delay.”
Senate Majority Leader [crscore]Mitch McConnell[/crscore] and GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced last week that hearings for a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia should wait until a new president is elected.
“A nominee of a Republican president would not be confirmed by a Democratic Senate when the vacancy was created in a presidential election year,” McConnell told The Daily Caller during a press conference last week.
Senate Minority Leader [crscore]Harry Reid[/crscore] warned McConnell he would feel political pressure to change his mind on the matter.
“He hasn’t seen the pressure that’s going to build. It’s going to build in all the facets of the political constituencies in the country,” Reid said.