The United States Senate confirmed Christine O’Hearn to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Oct. 19 by a vote of 53-44.
President Joe Biden nominated O’Hearn in April to remedy what New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez at the time called a “judicial emergency,” with vacancies in several courts.
O’Hearn boasts 30 years of legal experience at Brown & Connery, where she became a partner in 1992. There, she’s worked as a trial lawyer focusing on labor, employer and complex civil litigation.
At the time of her nomination, Menendez, a Democrat, in a statement called O’Hearn “a highly successful and regarded trial attorney with the intellect, thoughtfulness and temperament needed to be a brilliant federal judge.”
In a prepared statement released after her confirmation, Gov. Phil Murphy said, “I congratulate Judge O’Hearn on this tremendous accomplishment and I know that she will serve the people of New Jersey with honor and distinction.”
“Judge O’Hearn has earned a reputation throughout the New Jersey legal community as a brilliant and respected attorney. Our District Court is fortunate to have her joining the bench,” he said.
He called the confirmation “a significant achievement for President Biden” and gave credit to Menendez and Sen. Cory Booker, also a Democrat, for their “support and expertise.”
“I am thrilled that we continue to see progress in filling New Jersey’s federal judicial vacancies,” Murphy said.
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