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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Weinberg signs off on Wainer Apter top court nomination

Murphy Supreme Court nominee now has 2 of 4 Bergen senators on board for Senate to consider nomination

By David Wildstein, May 18 2021 6:03 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Rachel Wainer Apter as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court has received signoff from Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck).

As a Bergen County resident, Wainer Apter must get sign off by all four senators before her confirmation can be considered by the Senate under the unwritten but strictly enforced rule of senatorial courtesy,

State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus) has already signed off, leaving Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) and State Sen. Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) as the next hurdles for the Justice-designate.

Schepisi is unlikely to make any moves on the Wainer Apter nomination until after the June 8 Republican primary.

Murphy picked Wainer Apter, the 40-year-old director of the state Division of Civil Rights and a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to replace Justice Jaynee LaVecchia.  LaVecchia is retiring on August 31.

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