TRENTON – Senator Nicholas Scutari has been renamed Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session, a committee he has served on since his election to the Senate in 2003 and as Chairman of since 2009.
“I am pleased and honored to continue my tenure as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Senator Scutari (D-Union, Middlesex and Somerset). “The process undertaken by this committee is an important part of ensuring that we have a fair, competent and qualified Judiciary, which is imperative to ensuring that the constitutional rights of our residents are protected. I will continue to lead a fair and autonomous committee that does not take lightly the responsibility of vetting judicial nominations and appointments in this state.”
Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex and Passaic) will serve as Vice-Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee for the 2012-2013 session. Senators Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), Nellie Pou (D- Passaic and Bergen), Paul Sarlo (D- Bergen and Passaic), Bob Smith (D- Middlesex) and Brian Stack (D-Hudson) will also serve on the Committee.
A practicing attorney with an office located in Linden, Senator Scutari is a member of the bar in both New Jersey and New York. He earned his law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1993, receiving the John D. Voelker Award as Outstanding Law Review Associate. He graduated from Kean College with honors in less than three years at the age of 20, and received his Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in 1990 at the age of 21.
Senator Scutari is a member of the Union County Bar Association, the National Bar Association’s Council of School Attorneys and the Middlesex County Bar Association. Senator Scutari served as the Chairman of the State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee during the 2010-2011 Legislative Session. He is also a member of the Senate Commerce Committee.