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Former Gov. Richard J. Codey, a State Senator from Essex County. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Codey praises Murphy top court pick, prepares for 19th Senate confirmation of a new Justice

Codey’s first Supreme Court vote was to confirm Marie Garibaldi, New Jersey’s first woman justice

By David Wildstein, June 05 2020 2:00 pm

Former Gov. Richard J. Codey thinks that Fabiana Pierre-Louis is an “excellent nominee” for a seat on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“Her reputation as an attorney of the highest integrity and a person of great character precedes her,” said Codey, a twelve-term Democratic State Senator from Essex County.

Codey acknowledged Pierre-Louis’ status as the first black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court, but also highlighted “her deep experience working within New Jersey’s halls of Justice, having worked in all three of our U.S. Attorney’s District offices, as well as in private practice.”

“I commend the Governor’s selection of a nominee who will bring a unique perspective to the panel,” Codey said.

Pierre-Louis would mark the 19th time Codey will vote to confirm a justice to the New Jersey Supreme Court since joining the State Senate in January 1982.

His first confirmation vote was in support of Gov. Thomas Kean’s nomination of Marie Garibaldi, the first woman to serve on the state’s top court.

Codey and State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) hold the record for the most Supreme Court confirmation votes under the current court system.

Both tied the record of 17 set by Frank “Hap” Farley (R-Ventnor) in 1971 when they cast votes in support of Justice Lee Solomon in 2014 and broke the record when Walter Timpone was nominated in 2016.

The record for the most yes votes belongs to Codey.

During his fourteen months as governor from 2004 to 2006, no Supreme Court seats opened up for Codey to make a nomination.

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