The State Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved the nomination of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Patterson for a tenured reappointment. The full Senate is scheduled to hold a confirmation vote this afternoon.
If confirmed, she will serve until 2029, when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
The hearing lasted about half the time of her 2011 confirmation. At that time, only Sen. Raymond Lesniak voted against her.
Considered the most conservative Justice on the top court, Patterson stressed the collegial and respectful relationship she has with her colleagues.
Patterson was appointed to the top court by Gov. Chris Christie in 2011. Gov. Phil Murphy renominates her.
Assuming no unexpected retirements, Murphy’s chance to name his own Justice will come in late 2020, when Associate Justice Walter Timpone turns 70.