State Senate Confirms Supreme Court Judge, Passes Tuition Equality Bill

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 Joe Tyrrell / NJ Spotlight

Pregnant pigs, nonpolluting cars, and immigrant students are going to need more help than they got Monday from Republican state legislators.

In an eventful lame-duck session on Monday, the state Senate confirmed Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court on a 38-0 vote.

Also on the docket: an attempt to overturn Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would ban restrictively confining cages for female pigs, and a chance — not taken — to challenge the governor’s conditional veto of a measure that would establish a task force on alternative vehicles. In other business, a passionately argued tuition-equality bill was passed by Senate Democrats, although not by a veto-proof margin.

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