JERSEY CITY – Carlo Abad, a Filipino American, has been nominated to the position of Chief Judge of the Jersey City Municipal Council.
In a statement, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said that Abad, who has served as a judge in the Municipal Court since 2008, would replace outgoing Chief Judge Nesle Rodriguez, who has been appointed to serve as a Superior Court Judge.
“Carlo Abad has an outstanding record that includes five years as a Jersey City Municipal Court Judge, as well as experience in the Newark Prosecutor’s Office, the Jersey City Prosecutor’s Office, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the US Attorney’s Office,” said Healy. “I know he will do an excellent job leading this court, which is one of the busiest in the state.”
When asked to comment about his nomination, Abad said he was “super-excited” but declined to comment further until the City Council , which will meet on Feb. 13, confirms his appointment.
“I’m so happy and glad of Judge Abad’s nomination. He will go down in history as the first Filipino-American Presiding Judge of Jersey City Municipal Court. The position will lend Filipinos respect and recognition,” said Victor Sison, a former Jersey City Municipal Judge who is also a Filipino American.
Ed Tolosa, City Assessor of Jersey City, was likewise pleased to hear of Judge Abad’s nomination.
“I’m thankful to Mayor Healy’s genuine recognition for the Filipino talent and hard work,” he said.
According to Mayor Healy, Radames “Ray” Velasquez, a former Jersey City At-Large Councilman who has previously served as a part-time Municipal Court Judge, will replace Abad.
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