NEWARK- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) called upon his colleagues today to confirm Patty Shwartz to the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals as he declared his support for filing for a cloture vote to move Shwartz's nomination forward toward confirmation.

"I have full confidence in Judge Shwartz's abilities, experience and acumen. Most importantly, having met with Judge Shwartz on a number of occasions, I know she will be a tremendous addition to our federal appellate courts," said Senator Menendez. "I fully support advancing Judge Shwartz's nomination to a cloture vote and call upon my fellow members of the United States Senate to confirm her to the appellate bench as soon as possible."