State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) says he has signed off on Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominee for Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, former Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, allowing the Senate to move forward with Caride’s confirmation.
Cardinale could not comment on when a hearing on Caride’s confirmation might take place, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) said he did not yet have a date set for the hearing.
Scutari, hot off the successful confirmation hearings of three Murphy nominees – Zakiya Smith Ellis as the Secretary of Higher Education, Deirdre Webster Cobb as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission and Sue Fulton as Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission – said on Thursday that the hearing would happen soon.
Scutari declined to give even a ballpark figure of when a hearing for Caride might take place, saying that any such hearing would happen at his discretion.
While the three candidates that passed their committee today will still need to be confirmed by the full Senate, their advancement marks the crossing of what will likely be the largest hurdle in the process.
Caride, 54, was elected to the Assembly in 2011. She resigned in January and is currently serving as acting commissioner.