Following a report that Governor Phil Murphy will be submitting her name to the New Jersey State Senate to be re-nominated as Hudson County Prosecutor, Esther Suarez said she plans to continue to hold the position.
She has served as Hudson County Prosecutor since 2015, becoming the first Latina and first woman to ever hold the role.
Speculation had circulated that Suarez was one of several candidates under consideration to become the next U.S. Attorney for New Jersey following Craig Carpenito’s resignation in January, but Suarez said she intends to remain the Hudson County Prosecutor.
“I have read speculation about my possibly being in contention for United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and I would like to be clear that I intend to continue serving as Prosecutor in Hudson County,” said Suarez. “Our office has made remarkable strides in doing the work to take guns, drugs and gangs off the streets, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working side by side with some of the most dedicated members of law enforcement our state has to offer. It has been my great honor to serve Governor Murphy and his administration, and it is my hope that my re-nomination will be heard by the State Senate, so that we may all continue to focus on the important work of protecting the public.
Several senators have said they are in favor of Suarez remaining in the role.
“Esther Suarez has been a strong advocate for the Hudson County community and I am proud to support her re-appointment,” said Senator Sandra Cunningham.
Senator Nicholas Sacco said he fully supports her re-appointment and looks “forward to her continued good work for the residents and families of Hudson County.”
Senator Brian Stack said, “The HCPO has been transformed under the leadership of Esther Suarez. I am proud of all her accomplishments and fully support her re-nomination.”