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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Weinberg says Murphy court nominee a ‘great step forward to add diversity to Supreme Court’

Support of Senate Majority Leader, a longtime advocate of women in top posts, is critical to Pierre-Louis in confirmation process

By David Wildstein, June 05 2020 12:50 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg applauded Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that he was nominating Fabiana Pierre-Louis as the first black woman to serve as a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice.

“This is a great step forward to add diversity to the New Jersey state Supreme Court,” Weinberg said. “I am looking forward to meeting Ms. Pierre-Louis and learning of her views on the many subjects important to me and the people I represent.”

The support of Weinberg, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a leading advocate of gender equality in top government positions, will be critical for Pierre-Louis’s confirmation by the New Jersey Senate.

Pierre-Louis, if confirmed, would shift the gender the balance of the Supreme Court from five men and two women to four men and three women.

New Jersey had three women on the top court – Jaynee LaVecchia, Anne Paterson and Helen Hoens – until October 2013 when Gov. Chris Christie tossed Hoens and replaced her with Faustino Fernandez-Vina.

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