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Rachel Wainer Apter stands guard beside the coffin of her former boss, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she lays in repose at the Supreme Court in 2020. (Photo: Facebook.)

Statements on the nomination of Rachel Wainer Apter to N.J. Supreme Court

By David Wildstein, March 14 2021 9:59 pm

NEW JERSEY CWA DIRECTOR HETTY ROSENSTEIN

“We spent the last four years subjected to xenophobia, hatred and disunity coming from the highest office in the country.  But here in New Jersey, Governor Murphy has reaffirmed our commitment to the American Dream by nominating a civil rights advocate. Rachel Wainer Apter, could have taken her Harvard law degree and gone anywhere she wanted.  Instead she chose to work on behalf of people who are discriminated against and in service to the public.  That’s the same choice that is made everyday by CWA public workers. This is the type of person New Jersey needs and deserves on its Supreme Court.”

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION NEW JERSEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMOL SINHA

“Under Ms. Wainer-Apter’s leadership, the Division on Civil Rights has taken a robust approach to protecting the civil rights of all New Jerseyans. If confirmed, we look forward to arguing before her and the rest of the Supreme Court to continue that vital work. Ms. Wainer-Apter’s experience as a civil rights lawyer, including a stint at the national office of the ACLU, should serve our state well as the Court seeks to promote justice for all.”

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE NY/NJ REGIONAL DIRECTOR SCOTT RICHMAN

“ADL NY/NJ is pleased to support Rachel Wainer Apter’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court. We have been honored to work closely with Director Wainer Apter since her appointment as the Director of the Division on Civil Rights and believe she is well-qualified to serve in this role.  We commend Governor Murphy for choosing Director Wainer Apter as his nominee and are enthusiastic about the prospect of her confirmation.”

MAKE THE ROAD NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR SARA CULLINANE

“Rachel Wainer Apter’s career demonstrates her deep commitment to protecting the rights of the most vulnerable New Jerseyans and expanding access to justice for all. As counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, she led successful litigation to stop some of the Trump administration’s most vicious attacks on immigrants, from defending the DACA program to challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to include a citizenship question in the census. Here in New Jersey, she played a pivotal role limiting ICE enforcement in our state through the Immigrant Trust Directive. She is a brilliant legal mind and has an unwavering commitment to equal justice. We enthusiastically support her nomination.”

LATINO ACTION NETWORK PRESIDENT CHRISTIAN ESTEVEZ

“At times like these, when the civil rights of people of color are under attack throughout our nation, it is refreshing to see such a strong fighter for equality nominated to the highest court in our state. Rachel Wainer Apter has time and again proven her commitment to protecting the most vulnerable, including immigrants.  The New Jersey Supreme Court will be stronger with addition of such a highly qualified and accomplished jurist.”

NEW JERSEY CITIZEN ACTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PHYLLIS SALOWE-KAY

“Director Rachel Wainer Apter is an excellent choice for the state Supreme Court, and would bring a more proactive and thorough perspective on civil rights. With her history at the ACLU and the NJ Division of Civil Rights (DCR) as a fierce defender for victims of discrimination, her presence on the Court would ensure the voices of the marginalized and disadvantaged are heard. At the DCR, on top of pursuing individual incidents of discrimination, Director Wainer Apter worked in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Affirmative Civil Rights and Labor Enforcement to initiate investigations into patterns of discriminatory behavior. She was counsel to AG Grewal in some of the most impactful litigation defending immigrants against Trump Administration policies, including threatening the DACA program and adding citizenship to census questions. She has led the way in NJ informing women of their rights and the tools they have to defend themselves – she has a comprehensive view of what women need and how the law can help them.  As a Qualified Fair Housing Organization, NJCA sees every day how discrimination is still harming people of color, women, seniors, immigrants, and working families. It is vital to have jurists on the Court who are not only legal experts but are also knowledgeable about the current environment of discrimination in NJ, such as Wainer Apter. We applaud Governor Murphy’s nomination and urge the Senate to confirm her swiftly.”

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