Law & Justice

Gov. Christie nominates Somerville attorney to be Superior Court judge

Somerville attorney Robert Wilson has been nominated as a Superior Court judge by Gov. Chris Christie. Credits: Courtesy Kovacs & Wilson

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has nominated Somerville attorney and borough council member Robert Wilson to be a Superior Court judge.

Wilson’s nomination is expected to be approved by the state Senate in the next few weeks, according to state Sen. “Kip” Bateman, R-16th. Wilson, a Democrat, did not run for reelection to the borough council in November, where he had served for 15 years, including three terms as president in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He will be replaced by fellow Democrat Steve Peter, who ran in November for the three-year term.

Wilson, 46, is one of ten New Jersey lawyers nominated by the governor to serve as Superior Court judges throughout the state; four other Superior Court judges were nominated for reappointment.

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“It is a tremendous honor to be nominated by the governor,” Wilson said. “However given that I am going through the confirmation process it would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this time.”

He is a resident of Somerville and principal in the Somerville law firm Kovacs & Wilson. He also serves as the prosecutor in Plainfield.

“I recommended Rob Wilson to the governor,” Bateman said. “I’ve know Rob for a number of years, I’ve seen him at work in municipal court and Superior Court, he is just an outstanding lawyer who I think will make a great judge,” he added. “He has the demeanor, patience and intellect that’s important in being a Superior Court judge.

“I’m excited about him moving up to the bench where they will appreciate his intelligence and work ethic,” Bateman added. “He’s really a good guy.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Wilson has been  an active member of the New Jersey and Somerset County Bar Associations.

From 2004 through 2008, he was a member of  Somerset County District XIII Attorney's Fee Arbitration Committee.  He has also served as co-chairman of the Somerset County Bar Association Criminal Practice Committee is co-chairman of its municipal Court Practice Committee.

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