With anti-vaccine protesters chanting loudly outside the Statehouse, the New Jersey Senate confirmed the reappointment of Associate Justice Lee Solomon of the New Jersey Supreme Court, as well as 17 current sitting Superior Court judges and a new commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection.

At 2:50 p.m. Solomon, 66, of Berlin, accompanied by wife Dianne in the upper chamber, watched as the board lit 37 “yes” votes and 0 “no” votes, to approve his tenure on the state’s highest court. The vote began what would become a marathon Senate voting session where more than four dozen bills were considered, including passage just after 4 p.m. of S-3866/A-5820 to end the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration for New Jersey after 14 extensions.