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Christine P. O'Hearn. (Photo: Christine O'Hearn.)

Senate panel approves O’Hearn for federal judgeship

By David Wildstein, July 23 2021 9:59 pm

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of Christine P. O’Hearn to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge in New Jersey on Friday.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was the lone Republican to support her nomination.

O’Hearn now awaits a confirmation vote by the full United States Senate.

The Senate has already confirmed two Biden picks, Julien X. Neals and Zahid Quraishi.

The Judiciary panel has held a confirmation hearing on another Biden nominee, Karen McGlashan Williams, but has not yet voted to release her nomination.

Two vacancies remain on the federal bench in New Jersey.

A partner at Brown & Connery, one of the most politically potent law firms in South Jersey, O’Hearn has been a trial lawyer for 28 years specializing in labor, employment and complex civil litigation.

President Joe Biden nominated her in April at the recommendation of the state’s two U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.

If confirmed, she will replace U.S. District Court Judge Robert Kugler, who assumed senior status in 2018.

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