Senate Majority Conference Chairman Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) will support the confirmation of Michael Noriega to serve as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
“Michael Noriega is an outstanding choice to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court,” Gopal said. “He brings an extensive career of trial practice and experience in many different areas of the law, including criminal defense, immigration, and personal injury.
Today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced his nomination of Noriega to replace Justice Barry Albin, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 last year.
Gopal is the third state senator to publicly endorse Noriega’s nomination, along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian P. Stack and State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield). Bramnick and Noriega are law partners.
“His commitment to his community through his volunteer efforts and work on behalf of victims of violence shows the type of character and integrity that will serve New Jersey well on our highest court,” Gopal stated.
In addition to Bramnick, under the unwritten rules of senatorial courtesy, Noriega will need signoff from the other two senators from Union County, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Joseph Cryan (D-Union).
Noriega served as a public defender before becoming a private practice attorney.