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Timpone may leave Supreme Court early

Pierre-Louis could take oath for start of 2020-21 court session, if Senate confirms her by September 1

By David Wildstein, June 12 2020 12:14 am

Associate Justice Walter F. Timpone is prepared to leave his seat on the New Jersey Supreme Court two months early if the State Senate confirms his successor, three sources with knowledge of his intentions have told the New Jersey Globe.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week that he was nominating Fabiana Pierre-Louis to replace Timpone, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on November 10.

An early exit would allow Pierre-Louis to be in her seat at the start of the top court’s new term on September 1. 

A spokesman for the Supreme Court had no comment on Timpone’s early departure.

The State Senate has not yet outlined a timetable for Pierre-Louis’ confirmation.  Sources have told the Globe that she has begun calling senators and other influential state leaders.

Timpone was a compromise pick in 2016 for a seat that had sat vacant for six years after Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney were unable to agree on a choice. 

He joined the court at age 66, knowing that his stay would be brief. 

Pierre-Louis, a 39-year-old former federal prosecutor, would become the first black woman Supreme Court Justice if the Senate confirms her. 

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