This is a hugely important story. One of the great, if underreported projects of the Trump presidency is the remaking of the Obama courts.
Despite Supreme Court Justice John Roberts’ delusional proclamation that there are only judges, not liberal or conservative judges, judges do in fact have personal biases and Barack Obama did much to shift the judiciary to the Left.
Now, President Trump is corralling it back over to the right, with long-lasting implications for the judiciary, especially if he is reelected.
According to the Washington Examiner:
With the confirmation of a nominee to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump has for the first time in his presidency flipped an appeals court to have a majority of Republican-appointed judges.
The approval of Paul Matey, who was deputy chief counsel to GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the “Bridgegate” controversy, to the federal appeals court in Philadelphia marked a milestone in the efforts by the president and the Republican-controlled Senate to reshape the federal judiciary.
The Senate approved Matey’s nomination in a 54-45 vote on Tuesday. He is the 35th appeals court nominee confirmed since Trump took office. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was the only Democrat to join with his Republican colleagues in voting for Matey.
Matey, 48, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler and member of the conservative Federalist Society, was first nominated to the federal bench in April. His nomination was opposed by his home state U.S. senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats.