TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s Democrat-led Senate has given a vote of confidence to Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s pick to lead the state Treasury.

The Senate’s Judiciary Committee approved acting Treasurer Ford Scudder’s nomination on Monday. It now heads to the full Senate for its consideration. Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Nicholas Scutari said a vote could come as soon as Thursday.

“When he offered me this very meaningful position, the governor presented me an opportunity I had long sought: public sector service,” Scudder told lawmakers.

Scudder, who has served as acting treasurer since October 2015, previously was the chief operating officer at Laffer Associates, a firm led by former Reagan administration economist Arthur Laffer.

Democratic Sen. Nia Gill, who voted against Scudder’s nomination, said his limited work in the public sector wasn’t enough experience to the state’s top financial officer.

Scudder helped steer Christie’s nearly $35 billion budget through the Legislature earlier this year, winning praise from Democrats along the way.

Scudder previously served as a senior research analyst at Laffer Investments, a privately held equity management firm.

Scudder took over from acting treasurer Robert Romano, who succeeded Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff.