Christie’s High Court Nominee Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee

The Hon. Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina speaks after Governor Chris Christie announces his nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court in the Outer Office in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

by Hank Kalet / NJ Spotlight

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously to send the Supreme Court nomination of Faustino Fernandez-Vina to the full Senate for confirmation, paving the way for the Camden County judge to become just the second Christie appointee to be seated on the state’s highest court.

A vote of the full Senate is the next step for the nomination. According to a spokeswoman for the Senate Democrats’ office, no votes are on the calendar. And Sen. President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has until the end of the year to schedule one for Fernandez-Vina.

Michael Drewniak, spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, said in a statement that Fernandez-Vina is a “highly qualified candidate with a distinguished legal career,” who “will bring diversity, integrity, and wisdom to the Court.”

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