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Timpone says he’ll leave Supreme Court next week, if Senate confirms Pierre-Louis

Retiring Associate Justice will leave 10 weeks early to smooth transition for his replacement

By David Wildstein, August 25 2020 6:17 pm

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Walter F. Timpone will resign early next week if the State Senate votes to confirm Fabiana Pierre-Louis to replace him when they meet on Thursday.

Timpone confirmed speculation that he will leave the top court ten weeks before he reaches the mandatory age of 70 so that Pierre-Louis can be in place for the start of the next session.

“That’s the plan, if she’s confirmed, to have her in place by the 1st,” Timpone told the New Jersey Globe.

The Supreme Court has a conference meeting scheduled for September 9 and that would give Pierre-Louis a week to prepare, the retiring Justice said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-0 to approve Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor who would become New Jersey’s first Black woman Supreme Court Justice if the full Senate confirms her.

The Globe reported in June that she had at least 21 votes to win confirmation by the Senate.

That means Pierre-Louis could be sworn in as early as next Monday or Tuesday.

A former federal prosecutor, Timpone joined the top court in 2016 as a compromise pick between Sweeney and Gov. Chris Christie after political squabbling left the seat vacant for six years.

He said he was returning to private practice, but said he would not announce which firm he will join until after he is no longer on the bench.  Prior to becoming an Associate Justice, Timpone was a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.

Timpone said he was “very lucky” to have had the chance to serve on the Supreme Court for the last four years.

“It was great,” he said. “I never saw a weekend, but my colleagues on the court have been very helpful.”

Timpone said he was especially grateful to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Jaynee LaVecchia, the senior member of the court, for serving as his mentors.

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