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State Sen. Bob Smith. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Smith: Pierre-Louis ‘terrific choice’ for Supreme Court

By Nikita Biryukov, June 08 2020 12:50 pm

State Sen. Bob Smith (D-Piscataway) thinks Fabiana Pierre-Louis was a “terrific choice” to replace Associate Justice Walter Timpone.

“I already talked to her, and she’s very impressive,” Smith, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the New Jersey Globe. “Great background. She seems to have the right personality for it as well. I think she’s going to be a terrific Supreme Court Justice.”

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced he would nominate Pierre-Louis to fill Timpone’s seat after the justice reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on November 10.

If confirmed, Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at Montgomery McCracken, would become the first black woman to serve on the state’s high court.

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