Passaic County Judge Esther Suarez is officially the first Hispanic, female Hudson County prosecutor after receiving the green light from the state Senate this afternoon.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Suarez received the approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes District 33 state Senator Brian Stack – who is also the Union City mayor – released the nomination of Suarez as Hudson County prosecutor this morning after Republican Gov. Chris Christie made the nomination last week.
A source confirmed the news to Hudson County View just a few moments ago.
According to Politicker NJ, state Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) asked Suarez, a Bayonne native who now lives in Secaucus – according to her nomination – why she wants to leave her judgeship to be Hudson County prosecutor.
It’s the right thing to do,” Suarez reportedly told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I’m the best shot the county has to really improve that office.”
“Hudson County will be in great shape,” O’Toole is quoted to have said in response.
While Suarez still must get approval from the state Senate as a whole, the aforementioned source with knowledge of the situation said her appointment was essentially a “done deal” already.
State Senator Nick Sacco (D-32), also the North Bergen mayor, expressed on Thursday that he wanted the “eminently qualified” Suarez to be the one to fill the vacant position.
The appointment was made official just under an hour ago.