Senate Panel OKs Fernandez-Vina's Nomination to Supreme Court

, New Jersey Law Journal

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Faustino Fernandez-Vina
Faustino Fernandez-Vina

Lesniak took care to note that Fernandez-Vina would be replacing Hoens and said Christie should have nominated her for tenure whether he would have supported her or not.

Christie, when nominating Fernandez-Vina in August, said he chose to not nominate Hoens for tenure because he did not want to subject her to possible political retaliation for his decision in 2010 to not nominate Justice John Wallace Jr., a Democrat, for tenure. His seat, along with that of retired Democratic Justice Virginia Long, remains vacant and both seats are being temporarily filled by Appellate Division Judges Ariel Rodriguez and Mary Cuff.

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