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TRENTON, NJ – Following today’s historic bipartisan confirmation vote sending Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, NJDSC Chairman LeRoy Jones is releasing the following statement: 

“In February President Biden fulfilled his campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court and today, she was confirmed by the United States Senate in a bipartisan vote that represents a major step forward for equality. Judge Jackson is tremendously qualified as an accomplished lawyer, public defender, and distinguished federal judge. She has proven to be a brilliant legal mind with impeccable character, integrity, and understanding of the law and will make the Supreme Court better reflect the diversity of New Jersey and our nation. I commend Senator Booker and Senator Menendez for championing Judge Jackson’s historic nomination, and I especially want to thank Senator Booker for his impassioned remarks defending Judge Jackson in the wake of absurd partisan attacks.  

I also want to recognize the incredible fortitude and grace Judge Jackson showed during her confirmation hearings in the face of a barrage of partisan attacks and bad faith arguments from Republican Senators. Black women everywhere understand the disrespectful treatment that Judge Jackson was forced to endure, because they see it in their own lives all too often. This confirmation is a testament to the key role women of color play in our most important institutions as well as our society, and seeing Judge Jackson take her place on the Supreme Court will be a day-long remembered as a reflection of the progress America is making toward full equality and equity for all.”