Four of the five newly confirmed state Superior Court judges are from the Two River area.
Praised by senators Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13), the four from the immediate area are: Katie A. Gummer, of Rumson; Arnold L. Natali Jr., of Little Silver; Joseph W. Oxley, of Red Bank; and Mara E. Zazzali-Hogan, of Shrewsbury.
Angela White Dalton, of Howell, was also confirmed.
“Monmouth County, like counties across the state, has had a number of judicial vacancies that have caused backlogs in our court system," Beck and Kyrillos said in a joint released statement. "We are pleased that the New Jersey Senate has finally taken action to confirm qualified nominees. By filling judicial vacancies, we can ensure that all kinds of legal proceedings, from criminal trials to divorce proceedings, can be heard in court in a timely manner.”
An 1990 graduate of Yale Law School, Gummer is a partner with DLA Piper law firm, Florham Park. Having represented the media in defamation and First Amendment cases, she is known for having "represented leaders in the financial services industry, including life and health insurance companies, since she began her career," her bio on the DLA Piper Web site says. For more information on Gummer's background, click here.
Oxley, former Monmouth County Sheriff (1996 to 2007), was most recently the county Republican Party chairman. He was also an assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor.
In the 1990s, he was also Middletown's administrator, mayor and deputy mayor.
Natali is a partner with McCarter & English Attorneys at Law, Newark. He "has represented Fortune 50 corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage actions for nearly two decades," according to his bio on the McCarter & English Web site.
Zazzali-Hogan is with the Gibbons law firm. She "manages complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts in various jurisdictions while serving as the firm's Pro Bono Coordinator," according to her bio on the Web site. "She has also served as a Special Court Monitor and Mediator." For more information on her, click here.