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State Sen. Jean Stanfield. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Stanfield will back Noriega for N.J. Supreme Court

Murphy top court pick now at 15 votes

By David Wildstein, May 23 2023 9:28 pm

State Sen. Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) will vote to confirm Michael Noriega as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Stanfield becomes the 15th state senator – and fourth Republican – to commit their support to Noriega, whom Gov. Phil Murphy nominated to fill the open seat of Barry Albin.  Noriega needs 21 votes to be confirmed — and signoff from State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union).

“Michael is an accomplished trial attorney who will bring substantial experience in criminal law, immigration law, and personal injury law to the Court,” Stanfield said.  “He has also shown his dedication to his community through his extensive volunteer work on behalf of victims of human trafficking and interpersonal violence. I look forward to his swift confirmation.”
Noriega becomes the third – and probably last – Supreme Court nominee that Stanfield will vote on before she retires from the Senate in January.   She voted against Rachel Wainer Apter, a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but in support of a Republican, Douglas Fasciale, a veteran appellate court judge.

A former public defender, Noriega is a law partner of Republican State Sen. Jon Bramnick.

Albin retired in 2022 after nineteen years on the state’s top court.

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