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Senate President Pro-Tempore Teresa Ruiz. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Ruiz becomes 4th senator to commit a yes vote on Wainer Apter top court nomination

Essex Democrat praises Murphy Supreme Court pick

By David Wildstein, March 16 2021 1:49 pm

Rachel Wainer Apter, Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominee for a seat on the New Jersey Supreme today secured a commitment for a confirmation vote from one of the Senate’s most influential members, Senate President Pro-Tempore Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark).

“I wholeheartedly support Governor Murphy’s nomination of Rachel,” said Ruiz.

Ruiz is the fourth senator to publicly state an intention to confirm Wainer Apter’s nomination if it reaches the full Senate.  She joins State Sens. Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), and Robert Singer (R-Lakewood).

“Rachel Wainer Apter has repeatedly shown that she is willing to fight for every New Jersey resident, no matter their race, age, gender, legal status, or sexual orientation,” Ruiz said.  “During her service as Director of the Division of Civil Rights, she has traveled to Texas to defend DACA and here in New Jersey played a pivotal role in crafting the Immigrant Trust Directive, which has made our state safer while allowing undocumented residents to be able to report crimes without fear of deportation.”

Murphy named Wainer Apter, a former ACLU staff attorney and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, on Monday to replace retiring Associate Justice Jaynee LaVecchia.

“While we have never worked directly together, our paths on policy and protecting the most vulnerable have crossed numerous times,” Ruiz stated.

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