3rd Circuit flips from Dem to GOP majority


The Senate confirmed Paul Matey for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. This flips the Third Circuit from majority Democratic appointees to majority Republican appointees – the first of the circuits to flip since Trump took office. Matey is President Trump’s 35th appeals judge confirmed.

Senators on Tuesday approved Paul Matey to be a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, effectively flipping control of the court from Democratic-appointed judges to GOP picks.

Mr. Matey, who served as deputy chief counsel to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during Bridgegate, was confirmed on a 54-45 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, sided with Republicans on the vote.

Mr. Matey is the third Trump nominee and seventh GOP presidential appointee on the 3rd Circuit, given them the advantage over the six judges named by Democratic presidents.