University Hospital official nominated for federal judgeship

Paul B. Matey, general counsel for University Hospital in Newark and a member of former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, has been nominated for a federal judgeship by President Donald Trump.

Matey worked for Christie in the U.S. attorney’s office and served as the deputy chief counsel to the then-governor. He joined University Hospital in 2015 as senior vice president and general counsel, and added the secretary’s title in 2016.

“Paul has been a steadfast counselor and a critical contributor to the success of our mission in Newark,” University Hospital CEO and President John N. Kastanis said Wednesday in a prepared statement. “His diligence, leadership and intellect make him one of the most respected members of our hospital. I commend the president’s decision to nominate Paul to serve on the United States Court of Appeals, and I know that our country will benefit from his insights and wisdom.”

His appointment to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals requires U.S. Senate confirmation, according to NJ Advance Media.

“Since joining University Hospital, Paul has served with distinction and devotion,” University Hospital Chairman Robert L. Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “As an attorney, Paul has consistently provided outstanding counsel and clear guidance on our most challenging issues. I am delighted that the president has selected Paul to serve on the Court of Appeals, and know that he will judge with fairness, courage and a disciplined respect for the law.”

The 47-year-old Edison native is a graduate of Seton Hall University’s School of Law.

His nomination was part of a group of judicial picks announced Tuesday by the White House.