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Jaynee LaVecchia (born October 9, 1954) is a Justice who was nominated by Governor Christine Todd Whitman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court on January 6, 2000. She was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on January 10, 2000 and sat until 2007 when her term expired. Being successfully reappointed, she was granted tenure until 2024 when she will be constitutionally removed from office for reaching the 70-year age limit on Supreme Court justices.[2]


Jaynee LaVecchia
Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
Assumed office
February 1, 2000
Appointed byChristine Todd Whitman
Personal details
Born (1954-10-09) October 9, 1954 (age 64)
Paterson, New Jersey
NationalityUnited States
Spouse(s)Michael R. Cole (d. 2011)[1]



Jaynee LaVecchia was born in Paterson, New Jersey on October 9, 1954. She is a 1976 graduate of Douglass College and graduated in 1979 from Rutgers School of Law – Newark. She has been a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association since 1980. She was in private practice and worked as Director of the Division of Law within the Department of Law and Public Safety since August 1, 1984. As director, she was responsible for the legal work of all lawyers assigned to the civil side of the New Jersey Attorney ’s Office.

LaVecchia served in the Office of Counsel to Republican Governor Thomas Kean from 1986 to 1989, first as an Assistant Counsel and then as Deputy Chief Counsel. She was Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Administrative Law from 1989 through July 1994. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Association. On August 24, 1998, LaVecchia became Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.[3]

Justice LaVecchia was nominated by Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman to serve on the Supreme Court on December 24, 1999.[3] She was confirmed by the Senate on January 10, 2000 and sworn in for a term to begin February 1, 2000. Governor Jon Corzine reappointed her to the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2006.[4] She has chaired or served on various Supreme Court Committees, subcommittees, and other Court-assigned projects. She has been granted tenure until October 9, 2024.


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  1. ^ Hutchins, Ryan (September 18, 2011). "Michael Cole, former chief counsel to Gov. Tom Kean, dead at 67". The Star-Ledger.
  2. ^ Siegel, Ralph (via Associated Press). "N.J. SENATE VOTES 35–0 TO APPROVE WHITMAN CHOICE FOR HIGH COURT \ THE GOVERNOR'S FIFTH SUPREME COURT APPOINTEE \ WAS THE STATE'S BANKING AND INSURANCE COMMISSIONER", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 11, 2000. Accessed June 17, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Kocieniewski, David (December 24, 1999). "Banking Chief Nominated To Top New Jersey Court". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "JAYNEE LAVECCHIA." New Jersey News Politics Opinion and Analysis. 16 Feb. 2009. Web. 1 Apr. 2015.

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