Committee Advances Judicial Nominations

TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of five Superior Court judges this week. The nominees include Stephen Taylor, 52, of Montgomery; Carlia Brady, 41, of Woodbridge; Jeffrey Jablonski , 43, of Kearny; Kathleen Sheedy, 56, of Cream Ridge and Thomas Shusted Jr., 57, of Cherry Hill.

Taylor is director of the state Division of Criminal Justice, a position he’s held since 2010. Though he is not affiliated with any political party, he has known Gov. Chris Christie since their days in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and he worked on the governor’s election campaign in 2009.

Brady, a Democrat, is a shareholder with Stark & Stark and a member of the law firm’s accident and personal injury group.

Jablonski, a Republican, is a partner at Gillespie, Gillespie & Jablonski and a municipal public defender for Kearny.

Sheedy, a Democrat, is a former president of the Monmouth County Bar Association. She works out of the Law Offices of Peter C. Lucas, LLC.

Shusted practices law in Collingswood. His late father was a Republican assemblyman and Camden County’s first full-time prosecutor.

The nominees are expected to be confirmed by the full state Senate on Tuesday and would be sworn in soon afterwards.

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