Gov. Corzine's nominee to be the next Camden County prosecutor sailed through his interview before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, easily winning unanimous approval.

Now trial lawyer Warren W. Faulk will face a vote before the entire Senate, likely later this month. Faulk, of Haddonfield, is a senior partner at the Westmont firm Brown & Connery.

Camden County has had an interim prosecutor for more than two years, since Vincent Sarubbi resigned. Since 2003, the Camden prosecutor has also overseen the Camden police.

"I'm pleased that the committee approved my nomination and I look forward to this as a challenge," Faulk said. He added that he hoped to "simply continue the good work the office does now."

Faulk received only one question from the Judiciary Committee, from Sen. Bill Baroni (R., Mercer). Baroni asked Faulk whether he was the source of a leak several years ago for a story in The Inquirer about a potential judicial nominee. Faulk said he was not and did not know who was.

Sen. John Adler, (D., Cherry Hill), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, called Faulk an "extraordinary" lawyer.

Faulk told the committee he had lived in Camden County for 60 years, and had worked with Brown & Connery since his first year as a law student 37 years ago.

At Brown & Connery, Faulk has focused on civil litigation. He has represented The Inquirer in First Amendment cases.

Faulk has also served as a defense attorney and prosecutor for the U.S. Army, as a public defender in Camden County, and as a municipal prosecutor in Barrington.

The road to filling the prosecutor's office has been long. At least three other names were floated for the position before Faulk's.