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In a First, Sikh-American Nominated to Be New Jersey’s AG

With this nomination, Grewal is set to become the first Sikh-American state Attorney General in the United States.

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In a First, Sikh-American Nominated to Be New Jersey’s AG
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A prominent Sikh-American lawyer, who has "experienced hate and intolerance first-hand", has been nominated to serve as the next Attorney General of the US state of New Jersey.

Gurbir S Grewal, a public prosecutor who previously served as an Assistant US Attorney in New York and New Jersey, was named by New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy on Tuesday, 12 December.

With this nomination, Grewal is set to become the first Sikh-American state Attorney General in the United States.
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Grewal said that he decided to pursue public service to give back to a country that has given him and other immigrant families so much. After the announcement, wbgo.org reported him as saying:

I wanted to perhaps also show people that while I, and others like me, may look different or worship differently, we too are committed to this country. As someone who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand throughout my life, I wanted to work to ensure that we all live in a fair and just society.

The move has been welcomed by the South Asian Bar Association (SABA).

Grewal, who has spent most of his legal career in public service, is currently the Bergen County prosecutor. Working for a most populous county in New Jersey, he serves a community of almost one million with his staff of 265.

He, previously, served as an Assistant US Attorney in both New York (2004-2007) and New Jersey (2010-2016). He ended his tenure there as Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, where he was lead prosecutor for the largest known data breach prosecution.

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Grewal obtained his law degree from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1999.

The decision to appoint a visible minority as the chief law enforcement officer for New Jersey reflects the diversity of the state and of the US, and is especially important at a time where minorities and immigrants have often felt targeted by law enforcement.
SABA president Rishi Bagga

"We really applaud his accomplishments and are extremely proud to see him be chosen for this honour," said SABA New Jersey president Bhaveen Jani.

Grewal is a former president of SABA New York and a member of the New Jersey Asian Pacific American lawyers Association.

(Published in an arrangement with PTI.)

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Topics:  New Jersey   gurbir grewal   Sikh-American 

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