Phil Murphy to Appoint Nation’s First Sikh Attorney General
By Matt Arco
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy will nominate Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as the state’s next attorney general, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Grewal would be the nation’s first Sikh attorney general.
Murphy plans to announce his appointment at 11 a.m. in Trenton, according to two sources with knowledge of his decision. The sources were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter prior to the press conference and requested anonymity.
Grewal was nominated to serve as Bergen County prosecutor by Gov. Chris Christie in 2016. At the time, Christie praised Grewal’s experience as a federal prosecutor and his diverse background.
Prior to being Bergen County’s top law enforcement officer, he worked as the former chief of the Economic Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office under former federal prosecutor Paul Fishman.
He’s a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of New York and a member of the New Jersey Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association.
Grewal’s nomination will be Murphy’s second announcement on who will staff his administration when he takes office on Jan. 16. Murphy previously announced his running mate, former state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, D-Essex, will serve as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs as well as lieutenant governor.
The nomination would be sent to the state Senate for approval after Murphy takes office.
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