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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Sherrill backs ex-colleague Pierre-Louis for Supreme Court seat

Congresswoman, Murphy top court pick, were federal prosecutors together

By David Wildstein, June 06 2020 2:31 pm

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice-designate Fabiana Pierre-Louis has won the backing of a former Justice Department colleague, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

“I worked with Fabiana at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and she is very impressive,” said Sherill, a former federal prosecutor.  “As Attorney-in-Charge of the Camden Branch Office, Fabiana broke barriers and worked tirelessly to serve our country and keep our communities safe.”

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that he was nominating Pierre-Louis to fill a seat on New Jersey’s top court that will open up on November 10, when Associate Justice Walter Timpone reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.

“Her nomination as the first black woman to the court is a milestone for New Jersey, and much needed good news at this difficult time,” Sherrill said.  “I know Fabiana will serve on the Supreme Court with the values she has upheld throughout her entire career — with dedication to justice and equal treatment under the law.”

If confirmed by the State Senate, Pierre-Louis will become the only black member of the state Supreme Court, and will shift the gender balance from five men and two women to four men and three women.

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