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State Sen. Kip Bateman. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pierre-Louis ’eminently qualified,’ Bateman says

By Nikita Biryukov, June 05 2020 7:24 pm

State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) likes Fabiana Pierre-Louis’s resume.

“I think she’s eminently qualified,” he said of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Supreme Court nominee. “Obviously, I’m looking forward to meeting her and asking her some question, but I think she’s got great credentials to be on the New Jersey Supreme Court, I really do.”

Bateman is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Murphy on Friday announced his intent to nominate Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at Montgomery McCracken, to replace Associate Justice Walter Timpone.

The sitting justice will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on November 10.

If confirmed by the Senate, Pierre-Louis would become the third African American — and first black woman — to sit on the bench of the state’s highest court.

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