Governor nominates first African American woman to NJ Supreme Court

A former U.S. attorney from South Jersey is being nominated to serve on the state Supreme Court. Fabiana Pierre-Louis would be the first black woman to serve on the bench, and only the third black justice to serve on New Jersey’s highest court.

If confirmed, the 39 year old could potentially serve for three decades. She would take the seat of Associate Justice Walter Timpone, who’s reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 in November.

Pierre-Louis is Gov. Phil Murphy’s first Supreme Court nominee. The governor said Friday the process started months ago and her selection had nothing to do with the national uprising over race relations.

NJ Spotlight Editor at Large Colleen O’Dea says Pierre-Louis has an extensive resume and her timing on the court could be critical.

WATCH Murphy’s announcement of the nomination