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Former Gov. Richard Codey. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Updated: Codey backs Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

Gill joins Codey in backing Biden pick

By David Wildstein, February 25 2022 2:24 pm

Update at 4:13 PM from State Sen. Nia Gill: “This is a historic nomination of an eminently qualified jurist which should move forward with bipartisan support.”

As Democrats prepare for a State Senate primary between two incumbents in the newly-drawn 27th district next year, it’s noteworthy that it was Richard Codey — and not Nia Gill —  to be first out of the box to endorse the nomination of the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The new legislative map approved last week puts Codey and Gill in the same district.

Codey praised Ketanji Brown Jackson as a judge who has “proven her strength of character and dedication to the law.”

“If she should be confirmed, she would bring an important new voice to the court as the first justice to have served as a public defender,” said Codey, a former governor.  “Judge Jackson is an extraordinary nominee and I look forward to the Senate confirming her as they did just last year when she was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit”

While there is no indication that Gill opposes Biden’s nomination of Brown Jackson to the highest court in the nomination, it’s not necessarily assumed until she says something.  Gill has not signed off on Gov Phil Murphy’s nomination of a Black Essex County Prosecutor, Theodore Stephens.   Stephens has been serving as acting prosector since September 2018.

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