Two New Jersey judges say they won't reverse Gov. Chris Christie's decision last month to oust the Morris County prosecutor.

But the appellate court panel issued an order Monday stating it will hold a hearing on the matter soon.

Prosecutor Robert Bianchi made a legal filing Dec. 28 to keep Christie from removing him before a replacement has been confirmed by the state Senate.

Christie nominated Fredric Knapp to the job in June, but he was rejected by the state Senate last month.

After the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected Knapp, the state Attorney General's Office sent state troopers to remove Bianchi.

Knapp is now serving as acting prosecutor.


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