Washington - After meeting with Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor yesterday as she tours Congress to meet privately with key members of the Senate, Senator Menendez made the following statement:

"I was thrilled to meet with Judge Sotomayor to talk about her nomination to the Supreme Court. It was once again clear that she is a person of incredible intellect, thoughtfulness and respect for the law, as is also reflected her academic and judicial record. She is an extraordinary woman who has all the qualifications and qualities necessary to be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice. As a Latino, it is personally moving to have a chance to cast a vote on this historic nomination of a tremendously experienced and eminently qualified Latina nominee."