As Timpone’s Nomination Clears Senate, Weinberg Sole Dissenting Vote

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TRENTON — The state Senate voted to confirm Walter Timpone for a seat on the state Supreme Court Monday, with Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) the lone dissenting vote. With 34 members present, voted 32-1 to confirm Timpone despite questions over his recusal from a lawsuit against Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. Timpone recused himself from an Election Law Enforcement Commission investigation into whether DiVincenzo misappropriated campaign funds, a move that critics say tilted the scales in the Essex Democrat’s favor.

Weinberg had told NJ Advance Media “I plan to give Mr. Timpone a thorough interrogation on this topic and several others,” but did not speak during Monday’s vote.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Governor Chris Christie came to a consenus on Timpone’s nomination earlier this month after a five-year vacancy on the court. As Timpone’s Nomination Clears Senate, Weinberg Sole Dissenting Vote