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CAIR-NJ Commends Governor-Elect Phil Murphy for Nominating Sikh American to Be Attorney General

Sikh AG NJ(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/12/2017) — 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 Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, a Sikh American, for the position of attorney general. 

If confirmed, Grewal would be the first Sikh in the nation to serve a state attorney general. 

“We are encouraged to see that Governor-elect Murphy is embracing the diversity of New Jersey by reflecting that diversity in his staff appointments,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “His nomination of Gurbir Grewal as the country’s first Sikh-American state attorney general 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 attorney general at a press conference this morning.

[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]

SEE: Phil Murphy to appoint N.J.’s first Sikh Attorney General

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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