Senate begins moving Superior Court nominations through confirmation process

TRENTON – Senate lawmakers breezed through nearly a half dozen nominations to the Superior Court Monday, marking “some great progress” and a step in the right direction between Democrats in the Statehouse and the Republican administration, said the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, (D-22), said the confirmation hearing for several judges was the first of several slated for this month that will ultimately fill nearly half of the Superior Court vacancies. About two dozen Superior Court judges are scheduled to go through appointments or reappointments by the end of February, he said.

“This is a full-time effort,” he said.

Scutari told PolitickerNJ on Saturday that the movement represents “a significant breakthrough in the judicial nomination process,” adding he’s been working with Gov. Chris Christie’s office on a nearly daily basis on the nominations.

The committee approved several judges – Arthur Bergman, Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson, Robert Mega, Bonnie Mizdol and Kenneth Slomienski – following little discussion.

The full Senate is slated to approve the nominations this afternoon during a Senate voting session.

A similar committee hearing and voting session is also scheduled for Thursday to consider 10 other nominations.

Senate begins moving Superior Court nominations through confirmation process