U.S. Senator Bob Menendez issued a strong statement of support for Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, praising Rachel Wainer Apter’s record on civil rights and her qualifications.
“Throughout her career, Rachel Wainer Apter has been a strong defender of civil rights and equality for all, with a passion and commitment to root out hate, bias, and discrimination from our state and nation,” Menendez said. “I appreciate Ms. Wainer Apter’s history of protecting the rights of immigrants, especially our dreamers, and working to create a more just and humane immigration system.”
Wainer Apter, a 40-year-old former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would replace retiring Justice Jaynee LaVecchia if she is confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate.
“From her work in strengthening New Jersey’s anti-sexual harassment laws, to leading critical initiatives that address anti-black racism and anti-Semitism and defending voting rights and same-sex marriage – it’s without a doubt that Ms. Wainer Apter has the qualifications, experience, and dedication needed to sit on our state’s highest court,” stated Menendez. “This is a great nomination by Governor Murphy and an even better way to continue Justice Ginsburg’s New Jersey legacy.”
Menendez, the state’s senior U.S. Senator, is currently in the process of reviewing possible candidates for six U.S. District Court judgeships currently open in New Jersey.