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Gopal ‘impressed’ by Wainer Apter qualifications for Supreme Court

By David Wildstein, March 14 2021 8:37 pm

State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) says he’s “very impressed” Gov. Phil Murphy’s pick for a seat on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“Her qualifications and experiences suit her well to serve on New Jersey’s highest court,” Gopal told the New Jersey Globe in a telephone interview.  “I look forward to following and participating in Ms. Wainer Apter’s nomination process.”

So far, Gopal is impressed with Murphy’s nominees for the state’s top court.

“Last year, Governor Murphy made a homerun appointment with Fabiana Pierre-Louis and now the Governor has appointed another impressive individual in Rachel Wainer Apter,” Gopal said of Wainer Apter, a Harvard former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  “Wainer Apter’s resume is very strong. I have followed her tenure as director of the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, and she continues to serve that office with honor and distinction.”

If confirmed by the Senate, the 40-year-old Wainer Apter would succeed Associate Justice Jaynee LaVecchia.

LaVecchia announced last week that she was retiring on August 31 after 20 years on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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