The New Jersey Senate will meet today to consider the state Supreme Court nomination of Anne Patterson. She’s Gov. Chris Christie’s pick to replace Associate Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto, whose term ends in September.
Phil Gregory will cover today’s hearing for WHYY, but first, here are some details on Patterson’s background, courtesy of the Associated Press:
Patterson is 52 years old and a resident of Mendham Township in Morris County. She was first nominated to the state Supreme Court in May 2010, but the Senate refused to give her a hearing until this year, when Christie nominated her to replace River-Soto.
She’s currently a partner at Morristown’s Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perritti, where she’s been since 1992 and focuses on liability and commercial litigation. She’s represented clients like Walmart, Apple and DuPont.
She previously worked as deputy state attorney general and special assistant to the attorney general from 1989 to 1990, and she has degrees from Dartmouth and Cornell Law School.