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Leon Wildes, the father of Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, with John Lennon. (Photo: Michael Wildes.)

Wainer Apter’s hometown mayor applauds Murphy court pick

Wildes: ‘Her credentials are impeaccable’

By David Wildstein, March 17 2021 1:04 pm

Rachel Wainer Apter’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court has the support of her hometown mayor, Michael Wildes, who says he was “thrilled” by Gov. Phil Murphy’ pick for the top court.

“Her credentials are impeccable, and she’ll be an invaluable asset in the pursuit of equity under the law for every New Jersey resident that is so imperative for us to achieve,” Wildes said.  “Her experience in protecting and empowering women and minorities and standing up to hate speech, following in the footsteps of the late Ruth Bader-Ginsberg for whom she served as a law clerk, is sorely needed in our current atmosphere.”

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, left, with Yoko Ono and his father, Leon Wildes. (Photo: Michael Wildes.)

Wildes, an immigration lawyer, said that Wainer Apter’s role in fighting the Trump administration’s bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was personal to him.

His father, Leon Wildes, defended John Lennon and Yoko Ono against a bid by the Nixon administration to deport them.

Wildes said that the actions of the Trump administration that Wainer Apter opposed “strikes a chord dear to my heart in fighting for immigrant rights in America.”

“Englewood has produced tremendous talents in the arts, science and other fields, but Governor Murphy has truly picked one of our finest in Rachel Wainer Apter, and I wish her all the best in this next step of her already exceptional career,” the mayor said.

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