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State Sen. Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sarlo impressed by Pierre-Louis resume

Senator ‘a little bit concerned’ about 39-year-old Supreme Court nominee’s age

By Nikita Biryukov, June 08 2020 11:51 am

State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Woodridge) has a good initial impression of New Jersey Supreme Court nominee Fabiana Pierre-Louis.

“Her diversity, her background, her ability to overcome all speaks for itself, but I, as a judiciary committee member, look forward to meeting with her,” Sarlo said. “It’s my job, to do my due diligence, to meet with her. Clearly, she has a very impressive resume.”

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced his intention to nominate Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at Montgomery McCracken, to replace Associate Justice Walter Timpone, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on November 10.

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

The nominee has so far received high marks from Democrats and legal groups in the state, though Sarlo on Monday expressed some hesitation over the nominee’s age.

“The only thing I’m always a little bit concerned about — this is regardless of whether it’s a superior court judge or a supreme court judge — is the age. Being 39 years old, you’re going to be on the bench for 30+ years,” he said. “That would be my only potential concern”

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