Fabiana Pierre-Louis, Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominee for Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Pierre-Louis had a second interview with the committee chairman, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), in his office on Friday afternoon.
If approved by the committee — so far the Senate has set aside just one day for the confirmation hearing — Pierre-Louis could be confirmed by the full Senate as early as August 27. The Senate has a voting session scheduled for that day.
Murphy announced his intention to nominate Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor, on June 5. She will become the first Black woman on the state’s top court if the Senate confirms her.
Pierre-Louis has the 21 votes needed to win confirmation, according to a New Jersey Globe tally based on reviewing public statements and following private conversations with senators.
The justice she would replace, Walter Timpone, is not due to retire until he turns 70 on November 1. But Timpone has indicated through back-channels that he is willing to leave early if Pierre-Louis can get confirmed.
The new session of the New Jersey Supreme Court begins on September 1.