Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez will be renominated to a second term by Gov. Phil Murphy later today, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
The move had been widely expected. Suarez withdrew her name from consideration for U.S. Attorney two weeks ago and said she planned to stay on as prosecutor.
At the same time, three Democratic senators from Hudson County – Brian Stack (D-Union City), Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) and Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) – announced their intention to sign off on Suarez’s renomination.
Suarez had been at the top of a short list for the top federal prosecutor job.
Suarez served as a Superior Court Judge before becoming prosecutor in 2016. She also served as Bergen County Counsel and Hoboken Corporation Counsel.
The governor’s office had signaled that Suarez would have been renominated several months ago but that they held off while the U.S. Attorney selection process was moving forward.
The Suarez nomination will head to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. If they approve her, the full Senate will vote on her confirmation.