Two Democratic Union County senators lauded four nominations made the county’s Superior Court Tuesday.
“I would like to congratulate all four nominees for receiving this nomination,” Sen. Nick Scutari (D-Linden) said. “This is not an easy feat to accomplish, and it is evident that each of them have worked tirelessly over the years to gain this nomination. This is an exceptional group of candidates, each coming from various backgrounds with their own areas of expertise. I know that Union County will be in great hands with these nominees and I am looking forward to overseeing their confirmation.”
Scutari chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and will preside over the first leg of confirmations for Dara Govan, Paul Nieves, Rose Comas and Daniel Roberts.
The nominees got praise from Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Cranford) too.
“All four of these nominees have the experience needed to hold the prestigious title of Superior Court Judge,” he said. “Not only are each of them highly qualified to hold this position, but their diverse backgrounds will be essential in adding valuable insight for whatever comes their way.”
The praise is a signal that Cryan and Scutari won’t exercise senatorial courtesy, an unwritten rule that allows Senators to block indefinitely gubernatorial nominations in their home county.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) can still choose to block the nominations on those grounds. He wouldn’t have to provide a justification.
Govan has led the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Government Frauds Office for the last 10 years. Nieves has spent 25 years as an assistant section chief at the state Attorney General’s office. For the last seven years, Comas has been Union County’s deputy counsel.
Roberts, the only one of the four in private practice, focuses on personal injury, workers’ compensation and real estate matters.
“I am proud to nominate this extraordinarily qualified and diverse group of individuals to Superior Court seats in Union County. Their commitment to justice, fairness, and equality will benefit the county and the state as a whole,” Gov. Phil Murphy. “As Superior Court Judges, these distinguished individuals will serve the people of New Jersey well.”