EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie says he won't renominate a fellow Republican to the state Supreme Court because Democrats indicated they won't approve her for lifetime tenure.

Justice Helen Hoens' seven-year term expires in September.

Christie decided not to drag Hoens into his ongoing fight with Democrats over Supreme Court nominees. He instead nominated Camden County Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina, a Republican who was confirmed unanimously by the Senate for the Superior Court.

The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed for eight months to act on two other Supreme Court nominees.

Christie says he pulled Hoens' nomination after hearing Democrats aren't finished exacting retribution over his failure to reappoint Justice John Wallace for tenure in 2010.

AP wire services contributed to this report.