The first woman and Hispanic to hold the position, former Judge Esther Suarez took the oath of office this evening in Jersey City as the new Hudson County prosecutor.
Those in attendance to bear witness to history included U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, Attorney General John Hoffman, Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32), Senator Brian P. Stack (D-33), state Senator Sandy Cunningham (D-31), Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato, state Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36), Assemblyman Joe Lagana (D-38), Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, and Somerset County Chair Peg Schaffer.
The new prosecutor’s sister, Maria Isabel Suarez, was also in attendance.
“She wasn’t chosen because she’s a woman or Hispanic,” Sacco said of Esther Suarez. “She was chosen because of her work ethic.”
Stack cracked up the crowd with a story about when Suarez worked for him.
“One day I was like, ‘who is this person who keeps yelling at me everyday,'” the mayor said. “So everyone, get ready.”
A former Passaic County Superior Court Judge, Suarez received the oath of office today from Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone.