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Former Burlington County Freeholder Jean Stanfield, left, with Assemblyman Ryan Peters. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Peters, Stanfield praise Murphy’s court picks

Republicans have kind words for Pierre-Louis, O’Brien nominations

By Nikita Biryukov, June 11 2020 10:50 am

Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) and Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) are keen on Gov. Phil Murphy’s newest judicial nominees.

“Fabiana Pierre-Louis’ career stacks up to any attorney in the state. What she’s been able to accomplish up to this point in her life is extremely impressive. The New Jersey Supreme Court will be lucky to have her” Peters said.

Murphy last week nominated Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at a partner at Montgomery McCracken, to replace New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice Walter Timpone after he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on November 10.

If confirmed, Pierre-Louis, a Burlington County resident, would be the first black woman to sit on New Jersey’s high court.

Peters and Stanfield both spoke highly of Burlington County Surrogate Mary Ann O’Brien, who Murphy intends to nominate for a superior court judgeship.

“It’s wonderful to see South Jersey representation and female representation being chosen for these important roles. The nomination of Pierre-Louis is historic and should be celebrated. I’m proud of both of these women who deserve everything they’ve worked so hard for in life,” Stanfield said. “I hope that both are quickly confirmed.”

O’Brien is the last Republican to hold a countywide post in Burlington. Both Peters and Standfield previously held count office, he as a freeholder and she as longtime sheriff.

“As far as Mary Ann, there’s not enough good words I can say about her,” Peters said. “I served with her on the Burlington County Freeholder Board, and she was consistently committed and always insightful. I’m very happy for her.”

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