Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of New Jersey’s first black Supreme Court Justice, Fabiana Pierre-Louis, has the backing of Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood).
“Across our 50 states, 33 states do not have a woman of color on their highest court. Today’s announcement paves the way for New Jersey to abandon its grim place on this list,” Vainieri Huttle said. “In a moment of intense national anguish over the unlawful death of black individuals, today’s decision shows that change is happening here in New Jersey, progress is happening here in New Jersey.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Pierre-Louis would become the only black member of New Jersey’s top court. She would also shift the gender balance from five men and two women to four men and three women.
“Each time we raise up the voices of our community and ensure that everyone is represented in our government we come that much closer to achieving the true meaning of democracy and justice,” Vainieri Huttle said.