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Know a Nominee: Paul Matey to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Do you support or oppose Matey's confirmation?

by Countable | Updated on 3.12.19

(Updated 3/12/19): The Senate confirmed Paul Matey to be a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on a 54-45 vote Tuesday, with all Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting in favor.


The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Paul Matey to be a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week, starting with a procedural vote on Monday. Here’s what you need to know about the nominee:

Who is he?

  • Paul Matey, 48, is a lawyer and partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where he’s worked since 2018. He graduated with honors from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2001.
  • He then clerked for Judge John Lifland on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and for Judge Robert Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Matey is now nominated for Cowen’s old seat).
  • After his clerkships, Matey joined Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick LLC as an associate where he worked for a time with current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. In 2005, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, working under then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie. 
  • When Christie was elected governor of New Jersey in 2009, Matey joined the governor’s office as Assistant Counsel. He later was elevated to be Senior Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel. In 2015, Matey was hired to be General Counsel for University Hospital in Newark — his last position prior to his current role at Lowenstein Sandler.

What’s the outlook for his confirmation?

  • Christie recommended the Trump administration nominate Matey to the Third Circuit after Trump’s election, but his nomination was delayed until April 2018 after a proposed deal with New Jersey’s Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker to return their “blue slips” on Matey’s nomination in exchange for nominations being made to New Jersey’s federal district courts.
  • That deal never materialized and the Senate Judiciary Committee ended the practice of giving nominees’ home state senators the power to veto a nomination by not returning a blue slip, so Matey’s nomination continued despite the lack of a returned blue slip.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Matey’s nomination on a party-line 12-10 vote on February 7, 2019, with Republicans voting in favor.
  • Among the concerns Democrats have raised are his conservative judicial philosophy, membership in the Federalist Society, and that he’s being nominated over better qualified candidates because of his close relationship with Christie.
  • A majority of the American Bar Association’s review panel gave Matey a rating of “qualified”, while a minority of the panel gave him a rating of “not qualified”.

What does it mean for the Third Circuit?

  • Matey’s confirmation would fill a vacant position on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that became vacant in 2016 when Judge Julio M. Fuentes, a Clinton appointee, assumed senior status. His duty station would be in Newark, New Jersey.
  • The Third Circuit has 14 judges, of whom two were appointed by Bill Clinton, four by George W. Bush, four by Barack Obama, and two by Donald Trump. Prior to Matey’s confirmation there are two vacancies on the bench.


— Lorelei Yang

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  • Edna
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    03/11/2019
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    No one on the courts should be appointed by this president until he is cleared by the ongoing investigation.

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  • Michelle
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    Federalist Society. That is all that you need to know.

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  • ManfromNebraska
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    Please vote yes on Paul Matey’s nominations for the Third circuit court of Appeals.

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  • Ellen
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    No more judges under Trump

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  • DanielOdum
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    I support the confirmation of this nominee, and I would ask that you do the same. Thank you sir, Daniel Odum.

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  • Raymond
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    I oppose wait till everyone is cleared and Republicans start doing there job for what they were voted in for the American people

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  • Deb
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    not enough experience. quit stacking the court with inexperienced legal hacks.

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  • Ann
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    I am very uncomfortable with this administration "stacking" the courts. It invites further corruption.

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  • David
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    Republican Cult hack - he’s being chosen over better qualified candidates because he will rule as he’s told to politically.

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  • Gopin2018
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    I fully support the confirmation of Paul Matey to our 3rd circuit court of appeals. Keep those confirmations coming McConnell. #MAGA

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  • Jeffrey
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    Let's get the Pres nominees confirmed and let's stop playing political games.

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  • Jacquelin
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    We currently have a legal system load of work, which is overburdened and lacking in justice. This candidate has sincerity in process. He is qualified. Vote yes.

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  • Hope
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    Just another part of the Republican plan to stack the courts with conservative judges. That’s not fair representation. The judge appointment was affiliated with an LGBTQ hate group. These judge appointments will not represent ALL AMERICANS, only the conservative Christian agenda. Republicans don’t allow judge appointments when Democrats are in control, specifically so they can stack the courts. We need to eliminate life-time appointments and instead set term limits. And this should apply to judges AND politicians.

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  • Laura
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    Whatever happened to “We the People”? Perhaps, we the people should have a vote for those that are about to be appointed, since our representatives don’t care about constituents.

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  • Sandra
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    Stop with the resisting do nothing policies, approve qualified nominees. The majority of the bar deemed him qualified and the others are playing politics.

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  • Dennis
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    We need conservative people who will follow the Constitution.

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  • Jon
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    Just one more in a long line of zealots of the Federalist Society, being packed into the courts by a Senate that wouldn’t give more qualified candidates the time of day for 6 yrs.

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  • Chris
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    Another far right Federalist society disgrace to our courts

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  • Kate
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    Confirm

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  • Fred
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    Blind liberal logic on this app is amusing. All the non relevant opinions and distorted facts about this nomination from the anti Trumpers is exactly why we seeing this. Read the facts and history of this nomination and notice Booker and Menendez did not respond due to continued Dem partisanship not his qualifications.

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