Tahesha Way, who has served as New Jersey’s Secretary of State since 2018 but needed to be renominated at the beginning of this year, was confirmed by the full Senate today for a second term leading the Department of State.
Way was stranded in limbo for months thanks to State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), who is from Way’s home of Passaic County and thus could use senatorial courtesy to delay Way’s confirmation. But Corrado, who said she was waiting to meet with Way before signing off, finally allowed her to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.
Way is slated to assume the presidency of the National Association of Secretaries of State this summer.
Also confirmed by the full Senate were seven Superior Court nominees: Jorge Coombs, Jennifer Critchley, Amy DePaul, Karina Fuentes, Angela Gunter Foster, Jodi Rosenberg, and Cynthia Santomauro. That takes another chunk out of the state’s large set of judicial vacancies, though many still remain.
Way and the seven new judges were all confirmed unanimously, but one nomination, Mark Lattouf to the board of directors of University Hospital, was separated out from the main list of nominees due to Republican opposition. Lattouf, who lives in Lake Worth, Florida, drew a quizzical response from Republicans who questioned why a Florida resident would be involved in leading a New Jersey hospital; the ultimate vote was 24-13.