The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for State Senate in the 37th district, Gordon Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, announced their support of fellow Englewood resident Rachel Wainer Apter for a seat on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
The New Jersey Globe first reported that Gov. Phil Murphy will announce his nomination of Wainer Apter, a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Monday.
“As Director of the Division on Civil Rights, Rachel Wainer Apter has been at the forefront of combating hate crime and injustice in New Jersey,” said Vainieri Huttle. “I have been honored to work alongside Rachel on these important issues and I am confident that she will continue to serve as a leader for justice as an Associate Justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
In a statement released on Sunday evening Vainieri Huttle – “from one Englewood girl to another” – said that she was confident that Wainer Apter “will continue the legacy of Justice Ginsburg and her commitment to gender equity in New Jersey.”
Johnson said that Wainer Apter’s experience as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, as the Division of Civil Rights Director, and as Ginsburg’s law clerk “means Apter will bring a vital breadth of perspective for plaintiffs before New Jersey’s highest court.”
“When we look for diversity in our judicial system, we do not just look for diversity in race or gender, but for diversity in experience and perspective,” Johnson said. “This is a great choice by Governor Murphy and a proud day for both my hometown of Englewood and all of New Jersey.”
Johnson and Vainieri Huttle have no vote on the confirmation on Wainer Apter to the Supreme Court. That responsibility rests with Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who holds the seat until the end of the current legislative session in January 2022.