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CAIR-NJ Commends Governor-Elect Phil Murphy for Nominating Muslim Department of Health Commissioner

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 1/10/2017) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today commended Governor-elect Phil Murphy for nominating Veterans Affairs Department official Dr. Shereef Elnaha, a Muslim American, for the position of Department of Health Commissioner.

If confirmed, Dr. Elnaha would be New Jersey’s first Muslim cabinet official. 

NJ: Murphy Nominates Muslim-American For Health Commissioner

“We are encouraged to see that Governor-elect Murphy is embracing the diversity of New Jersey by reflecting that diversity in his cabinet,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “His nomination of Dr. Shereef Elnaha as the state’s first Muslim cabinet official is representative of the governor-elect’s efforts to give all state residents a voice in his government, and he should surely be applauded for that.”

The governor-elect announced his nomination for Department of Health Commissioner in a press release this morning.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the 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 mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900,


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