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CAIR-NJ Applauds Jersey City Council’s Appointment of Yousef Saleh as Ward D Councilman

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/1/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today applauded Jersey City Council’s appointment of Yousef Saleh as the city’s Ward D councilman.

Yousef Saleh, a former Board of Education candidate and a lifelong Jersey City Heights resident, gained council approval with a 6-2 vote to replace the late Ward D Councilman Michael Yun. Saleh will represent much of the Jersey City Heights on the City Council until a November special election, the winner of which will fill out the remainder of Yun’s unexpired term.

SEE: Jersey City Council appoints Yousef Saleh as Ward D councilman

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“With the appointment of Yousef Saleh, Jersey City’s first Muslim councilman, the city council has taken clear steps toward religious inclusion, embracing the richness, and diversity of New Jersey’s second most populous city. 

“With the rise of Islamophobia, it is inspiring to see Jersey City take the necessary steps to expand the diversity of its council with the appointment of Yousef Saleh, a first generation American-Muslim who was born, raised, and still lives in the Jersey City Heights section, Ward D.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414,

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