Gov. Chris Christie on Monday nominated 19 lawyers to the Superior Court bench and one to the Tax Court.
The nominations must be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate by Jan. 9, the beginning of the new legislative section, or they will expire. The Judiciary Committee has tentatively scheduled a hearing for Thursday on some pending nominations.
The nominees for Superior Court are:
- Anne Bramnick of Westfield. She is with Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan in Scotch Plains, and focuses her practice on criminal defense, family law and immigration law. She has been with the firm since 2015. From 2008 to 2015, she was an assistant Union County prosecutor. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and Rutgers University.
- Ellen O’Connor of Middletown. She is with Woodbridge’s Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, where she focuses her practice on civil rights law, criminal law, workers’ compensation matters and health care law. She has been with the firm since 2002. From 1996 to 2002, O’Connor was with the law office of Richard O’Connor in Freehold, and from 1993 to 1996, she was an assistant Ocean County prosecutor. She worked at Wilentz Goldman from 1991 to 1993. She is a graduate of Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law and Rutgers University.
- Lisa Puglisi of Burlington. She has been Christie’s deputy chief counsel since March. From 2012 to 2017, she was a deputy attorney general. From 2011 to 2012, Puglisi was the director of the Governor’s Task Force for Recidivism Reduction. From 2010 to 2011, she was an assistant counsel in Christie’s appointments department. Puglisi was an attorney for the state Parole Board from 2008 to 2010, and from 1998 to 2008 was a deputy attorney general. Puglisi is a graduate of Widener University School of Law and Rutgers University.
- Michael Rogers of Bloomsbury. Rogers, a general practitioner, has been with McDonald & Rogers in Somerville since 1980. He is a graduate of Seton Hall Law and Xavier University.
- Thomas Buck of Milltown. He has been a solo in Milltown since 1999, and is a general practitioner. From 1998 to 1999, he was with Robert Schecter & Associates, and from 1989 to 1998, he was an assistant Middlesex County prosecutor. He is a graduate of Tulane University Law School and State University of New York Maritime College.
- Thomas Isenhour of Middletown. He currently is the first assistant prosecutor in Union County, and has been with the office since 1986. He is a graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University and the University of Denver.
- Kurt Kramer of Cherry Hill. He is with Mount Laurel’s Capehart & Scatchard, where he focuses his practice on business, construction and employment law. Kramer is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and LaSalle University.
- Edward Cooper of Scotch Plains. Cooper, a general practitioner, has run his own firm in Livingston since 2005. From 1994 to 2005, he was at the law office of Leo Kaplowitz in Linden, and from 1990 to 1994 was with the office of Desmond Abazia in Carteret. From 1989 to 1990, he was with Freeman & Bass in Newark. Cooper is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Cooley School of Law and Stockton University.
- Lara DiFabrizio of Scotch Plains. She has been with the state judiciary’s Central Judicial Processing unit since 2010. She also has been a municipal court judge in Hillside since 2009. From 1997 to 2003, DiFabrizio was an assistant Hudson County prosecutor. She is a graduate of Seton Hall Law and New York University.
- George Gangloff Jr. of West Deptford. Since 2010, he has been a workers’ compensation judge. From 2008 to 2009, he was with the law office of Milton Brown in Woodbury. Gangloff was a solo from 2007 to 2008, and was an assistant Gloucester County prosecutor from 1995 to 2007. He served a brief stint with the law office of Thomas Miller in West Collingswood, and was an assistant Camden County prosecutor from 1990 to 1992. Gangloff is a graduate of Widener Law and the University of Delaware.
- Joseph Chiarello of Millville. He has been with Jacob & Chiarello in Millville since 1996 and is a general practitioner. He is a graduate of Widener Law and the College of New Jersey.
- Michael Joyce of Pennsauken. Since 2008, he has been with the law office of Timothy Higgins in Cherry Hill. From 2004 to 2010, he was deputy general counsel to the Delaware River Port Authority. Joyce was with the Attorney General’s Office from 2003 to 2004, and from 1997 to 2003 was with Kelley, Wardell & Craig in Haddonfield. From 1991 to 1997, Joyce was with the law office of Jerrold Colton in Voorhees, and from 1994 to 1996 was with Toll, Sullivan & Luthman in Cherry Hill. Joyce is a graduate of Widener Law and the University of Southern Maine.
- Sarah Johnson of Margate City. Since 2006, she has been with the Atlantic City office of Fox Rothschild, where she focuses on labor and employment law. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and Brown University.
- Marc Brown of Cranford. Since 2005 he has been with Wolkstein, Von Ellen & Brown in Springfield, where he focuses on family law, personal injury matters, and commercial and probate disputes. From 1986 to 2004, he was with what eventually became Krevsky, Silber, Brown & Bergen in Cranford. He is a graduate of New York Law School and Rutgers University.
- James Ferrelli of Mount Laurel. Since 1998 he has been practicing at the Cherry Hill office of Duane Morris, where he focuses on business, commercial and pharmaceutical law. Before that he was with Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz in Cherry Hill. Ferrelli is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Boston College.
- Thomas McCloskey of Flemington. He is with the Princeton office of FisherBroyles and is a general practitioner. He previously practiced at Fox Rothschild and Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis. He is a graduate of Seton Hall and its law school.
- Gary Wolinetz of Plainsboro. He is with Greenbaum Rowe, where he focuses on commercial litigation, real estate law and employment litigation. He is a graduate of Rutgers University Law School-Camden and Rutgers University.
- Sheree Pitchford of Dunellen. Since 2003 she has been an assistant prosecutor in Middlesex County, and from 1998 to 2003 was an assistant Hudson County prosecutor. Pitchford is a graduate of Seton Hall Law and St. Peter’s University.
- Patrick Bradshaw of New Brunswick. Since 2002 he has been with Kelso & Bradshaw in New Brunswick, where he is a general practitioner. From 1998 to 1999, he was with what is now Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli in Piscataway. From 1995 to 1998, he was with the Livingston office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Before that Bradshaw was with Palmisano & Goodman in Woodbridge. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law and Fordham University.
The Tax Court nominee is Joan Murray of Denville. Since 2014 she has been an administrative law judge. She has held various public posts since 1983. She is a graduate of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and Muhlenberg College.