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State Sen. Ronald Rice. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Rice ‘encouraged’ by Murphy Supreme Court pick

Fabiana Pierre-Louis would be first black woman on New Jersey’s highest court

By David Wildstein, June 09 2020 1:55 pm

State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark), the longest-serving black legislator in New Jersey history, has applauded Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“After many years of calling for black, Latino and female judges on every level of New Jersey’s court system, the members of both the New Jersey Legislative Black and Latino Caucuses are encouraged by the selection of a justice with such a broad base of experience and accomplishment,” Rice said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Pierre-Louis would became the first black woman to serve on the state’s top court.

Rice said that the Legislative Black Caucus would work with Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and other senators to “stress the urgency of expedient placement of more minorities and women on every level of New Jersey’s judicial system and in each of the twenty-one county Prosecutors’ offices throughout the state.”

“I also want to commend my caucus members, civil rights partners, the Association of Black Women Lawyers and the Garden State Bar Association, for their collaboration and unwavering diligence to ensure the final realization of our priority to appoint the first Black woman to the state Supreme Court,” the Essex County Democrat said.

Rice has served in the Senate since winning a 1986 special election.

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