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

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.

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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