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Gov. Phil Murphy with New Jersey Supreme Court Justice-designate Fabiana Pierre-Louis. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.

Statements on the confirmation of Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis

By David Wildstein, August 27 2020 2:15 pm

SENATE PRESIDENT STEVE SWEENEY

“I would like to congratulate Ms. Pierre-Louis, a first generation American and the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. This is a historical day for our state. Ms. Pierre-Louis is a New Jersey success story who will bring more diversity to the highest court of the most diverse state in the country. She will provide a perspective gained by her personal and legal experiences to a Court with the ultimate legal responsibility for cases and issues that can have a real-life impact on generations of New Jersey residents.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CRAIG COUGHLIN

“The confirmation of Fabiana Pierre-Louis as New Jersey’s first female African-American State Supreme Court Justice is historic. Her reputation as a fair and impartial prosecutor is hard-earned and well-deserved.

“I am confident Ms. Pierre-Louis’ demonstrated intellect and legal acumen will be tremendous assets for our state’s highest court. She brings vital diversity in both age and gender. Above all, her integrity and character are unquestionable.

“There will be a litany of crucially important issues that will be brought before the court in the coming years. I have no doubt that Justice Pierre-Louis and the attributes she brings to the court will serve the residents of our state well in the decades to come.”

STATE SENATOR JOSEPH CRYAN

“Ms. Pierre-Louis is making history as the first Black woman to serve on the State Supreme Court at a consequential time in the Nation’s history. New Jersey is setting an example of diversity and opportunity where the daughter of immigrants rises to the highest court in the state. We can all share in the pride that Pierre-Louis’s family must have in her accomplishment and in her willingness to serve the state as a Supreme Court Justice.”

ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RAJ MUKHERJI

Today’s confirmation of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the Supreme Court sets a historic precedent in our judiciary for women, immigrants, and all people of color.

“Ms. Pierre-Louis’ seat on the State Supreme Court is well-earned, and her well-rounded career as a federal prosecutor, defense attorney, and civil lawyer and her Jersey bona fides make her supremely qualified for the Supreme Court. Our state’s rich heritage and true value lie in its diverse communities; and our courts should be a reflection of the people they serve.

“We will all greatly benefit from her dedication to justice and legal acumen for years to come. This is a proud and historic day for our state.”

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

“I’m incredibly proud that the Senate has unanimously confirmed Fabiana Pierre-Louis as the next Associate Justice to serve on New Jersey’s Supreme Court. Fabiana is an exceptionally talented attorney, and will now have the historic distinction of becoming the first Black woman to be seated on our state’s highest court. I am honored to have put her name forward, and to see someone with a different set of life experiences and perspectives on our Supreme Court, a judicial body where New Jerseyans from all walks of life turn for justice. I also thank Senate President Sweeney and Chairman Scutari for their support and conducting a thorough, fair, and open confirmation process.”

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