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State Sen. Joseph Lagana, right, with Gov. Phil Murphy in 2018. Photo: New Jersey Globe.

Lagana calls Pierre-Louis ‘exciting and dynamic nominee’

Senator says N.J. Supreme Court should reflect diversity of state

By David Wildstein, June 09 2020 2:10 pm

State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus) is looking forward to learning more about Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor nominated last week to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“In this moment, as our nation cries out for justice, for equal application of the law and an end racial inequalities, it is clearer than ever that our highest court must reflect the diversity of our great state,” said Lagana. “The nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the Supreme Court by Governor Murphy is truly historic for New Jersey.”

Pierre-Louis would become the first black to serve on New Jersey’s highest court since Gov. Chris Christie refused to reappoint Justice John E. Wallace, Jr. in 2010, and the first black woman to ever serve on the state Supreme Court.

She served as a law clerk to Wallace.

“Pierre-Louis’ experiences would surely allow her to offer a unique perspective to the Court,” Lagana said.   “When paired with an excellent resume, she is a very exciting and dynamic nominee.”

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