Key Senator backs Fox confirmation

In her bid to win reappointment as President of the Board of Public Utilities, Jeanne Fox received a major endorsement today when Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney said he would support her nomination. Sweeney's support is a clear signal that South Jersey Democrats will vote for Fox, which likely gives her enough votes to win Senate confirmation despite some opposition from the Republican caucus.

The Senate Judiciary is expected to consider Fox's nomination on Monday.

Governor Jon Corzine had renominated Fox, the wife of Democratic political consultant Steve DeMicco, last year. But then-Senate Judiciary Chairman John Adler, who was running for Congress, refused to consider Fox's nomination until a court ruled on a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who alleged that Fox retaliated against him for exposing an unauthorized $83 million energy program account. The case was dismissed in January. Key Senator backs Fox confirmation