Seven years after she was appointed to New Jersey’s Supreme Court by former Gov. Chris Christie, Justice Anne Patterson went before the Senate Judiciary Committee for reconfirmation yesterday. Every judge of Superior Court level or higher in the state gets reviewed after the first seven years.
Gov. Phil Murphy renominated Patterson in May, signaling a smooth reaffirmation in contrast with the turmoil that surrounded the court during much of Christie’s two terms in office.
The committee voted unanimously to reconfirm Patterson after a two-hour hearing. Subsequently, the Senate gave its approval, with one vote against. The justice is 59 years of age, meaning she has another potential 11 years on the court before reaching the mandatory retirement age.
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