- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn the nominations of eight people for judgeships in Essex County.

His decision came Monday afternoon shortly after the state Senate judiciary committee refused to sign off on one of the nominees without asking some further questions.

Senators said they could not approve David Cohen, formerly Christie’s director of employee relations, without hearing more about another former state employee’s complaints that Cohen did not do enough to investigate some problems.

The nominations had been intended as a first step toward filling 21 vacant judgeships in the county.

Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said the deal “did not go forward as we planned.”

Some Democratic senators complained that Christie’s pulling all the nominations was an affront to senators who were doing their jobs.

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