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State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Cunningham: Pierre-Louis will bring perspective to Supreme Court

‘it’s wonderful to have a young woman taking a position such as this,’ senator says

By Nikita Biryukov, June 05 2020 4:09 pm

State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) has high hopes for Gov. Phil Murphy’s new Supreme Court nominee.

“I’ve not met her, but I’ve heard amazing things about her in general,” Cunningham told the New Jersey Globe. “I think it’s wonderful to have a young woman of color taking a position such as this.”

Murphy on Friday announced he would nominate former federal prosecutor Fabiana Pierre-Louis to fill Associate Justice Walter Timpone’s seat on the bench after he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on November 10.

If confirmed, Pierre-Louis, who is a partner at Montgomery McCracken, would become the first black woman on New Jersey’s Supreme Court and the third African American on the same.

“I think she’ll have an opportunity to make changes and just make so many good things happen. She’ll have a different perspective, and she’ll be generational,” Cunningham said. “I think that that is wonderful and just the way it should be.”

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