Governor Christie Appoints Judges

On 5/3/16 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nominated lawyer Jean Chetney to the Salem County Superior Court bench Chetney practices wills, real estate matters, municipal court, business litigation, criminal law, civil law and business formation. A 1998 graduate of Rutgers University Law School-Camden and 1995 graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.


He also nominated three sitting judges; Thomas Moore and Carolyn Wright, who sit in Essex County, and Catherine Fitzpatrick, who sits in Mercer County for tenure. Moore was assigned to the General Equity Division in Essex. Before being appointed to the bench, Moore spent 26 years at Morristown’s McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, where he focused his practice on products liability law, construction law and commercial litigation.


Wright, currently assigned to the Criminal Division, was an assistant Essex County prosecutor 1992-2009. Fitzpatrick, currently the presiding Family Part judge in Mercer, was previously a solo in Lawrenceville 1995 to 2009. She is a certified matrimonial law attorney. All of the nominations must be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and approved by the full Senate.

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