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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey)

Watson Coleman praises Murphy top court pick

Congresswoman calls Pierre-Louis ‘brilliant’ and says she would be ‘an asset to the court’

By David Wildstein, June 08 2020 6:47 pm

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) says she’s heard great things about Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominee for Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Fabiana Pierre-Louis.

“I’m excited,” Watson Coleman told the New Jersey Globe.  “I commend the governor for his nomination. She’s brilliant, and would be an asset to the Supreme Court.

Watson Coleman said that Murphy’s appointment rights the injustice that occurred in 2010 when Gov. Chris Christie refused to renominate the state’s only black justice, John E. Wallace, Jr.

That left the top court without any black representation for nearly a decade.

“It was unfortunate what happened to Justice Wallace.  It was disgusting,” the congresswoman said.  “Better late than never.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Pierre-Louis would become the first black woman to serve on the state’s highest court.

That would put Pierre-Louis in the history books with Watson Coleman, who became the first black women to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She was also the first black woman to serve as Assembly Majority Leader and Democratic State Chair.

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