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State Sen. Vincent J. Polistina at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Polistina will support Noriega confirmation

Atlantic County Republican applauds Murphy top court pick

By David Wildstein, May 16 2023 1:44 pm

Michael Noriega has picked up the endorsement of a Republican state senator in his bid to be confirmed as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, with Vincent Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) becoming his fourth vote.

“Michael Noriega is an excellent choice as a nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court,” said Polistina. “During his 20-year legal career, he has earned widespread respect throughout the legal community, as shown by his election as President-elect of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.”

Polistina called Noriega “a person of character and integrity.”

“The bipartisan support for his nomination is a strong signal that our judiciary must remain above politics,” Polistina said.

Gov. Murphy announced his nomination of Noriega on Monday.

The 45-year-old Union County immigration attorney would become the first public defender to serve on the state’s highest court.

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