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Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. (Photo: New Jersey Courts.)

Latina group pushes Suarez for U.S. Attorney

Hudson County Prosecutor under consideration for top federal law enforcement post

By David Wildstein, January 15 2021 12:24 am

The leaders of two Latina advocacy groups want Esther Suarez, the Hudson County Prosecutor, to become the U.S. Attorney.

“We are highly encouraged to see the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden, Senator Bob Menendez and Senator Cory Booker on full display with the historic consideration of Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez for United States Attorney of New Jersey,” said Laura Matos and Patricia Campos-Medina on behalf of Latinas United for Political Empowerment and LUPE PAC.

Suarez, a former Superior Court Judge and Hoboken Corporation Counsel, is one of seven candidates for the top federal prosecutor post.

If nominated, Suarez would become the first Latina — and the first person of color — to become the state’s top federal law enforcement official.

“She has proven herself at every level, serving as a judge immediately before being selected as the first Latina to lead the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office,” Matos and Campos-Medina said.  “Her time as Prosecutor has been distinguished by great successes and an overwhelming commitment to diversity, inclusion, and service to all Hudson County residents.”

The New Jersey Globe first reported last week that the other six candidates, all experienced prosecutors, are on the short list: Henry Klingeman, Jenny Kramer, Phil Sellinger, Jamel Semper, Ricardo Solano, Jr., and Lee Vartan.

The federal prosecutor post is traditionally filled by the senior United States Senator from the state, if that senator’s party occupies the White House.  That role now falls to  Menendez, who would presumably make the recommendation to Biden after consultation with New Jersey’s other senator,  Booker.

“We also proudly note that, with this consideration, President-elect Biden and Senators Menendez and Booker are once again showing themselves to have the leadership and foresight required to meet and embrace history while also demonstrating to other leaders that inclusiveness and representation on all levels of government truly matter,” said Matsos and Campos-Medina.

Earlier this week, a group of seven Black ministers called for the nomination of Semper, an Assistant U.S Attorney and chief of the gangs and organization crime unit. 

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