From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s article on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote (split right down party lines) to not confirm Philip Kwon for State Supreme Court:
Christie theorized that Democrats needed to make amends with the unions that comprise their political base after party members voted last year for Christie’s law to revamp the public employee health insurance and pension benefits. The unions opposed the changes, and some also opposed Kwon’s nomination.
“Phil Kwon was sacrificed on the altar of payback to the NJEA [New Jersey Education Association], the CWA [Communications Workers of America] and the AFL-CIO,” Christie said. “They all followed the union line like lemmings.”