IF Gurbir S. Grewal’s nomination by Democrat Governor-elect Phil Murphy is approved by the State Senate early next year, he will be the first #sikhto assume the top state law enforcement position in the United States and the second Indian- #American, after Kamala Harris, who held the position in #californiabefore her election to the #US Senate.
Grewal, 44, is the prosecutor of Bergen County, an important district across the river from NewYork City FC. He was appointed to by the current Republican Governor Chris Christie and that is likely to mute any opposition the senate. Symbolic of the public acceptance of minorities despite scattered incidents of bigotry, two Sikhs were elected mayors last month, Ravi Bhalla in #Hoboken, New Jersey, and Preet Didbal in Yuba City, California.
Vin Gopal, who became the first Indian-American to be elected to the New Jersey State Senate last month, said that Grewal is someone “not only eminently qualified, but who will bring a perspective to the office that is diverse and long-overdue.” After Murphy made the announcement, Grewal said: “I wanted to give back to a country that has given us and other immigrant families like us so much.” Turning to his three daughters, Kyrpa, Mayher and Mahek, who were with him, he said: “As someone who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand throughout my life, I wanted to work to ensure we all live in and that the three of you grow up in a fair and just society.” Grewal added: “I wanted to perhaps also show people that while I and others like me may look different or worship differently, that we, too, are committed to this country.” Hailing Grewal’s nomination, Rajwant Singh, the co-founder of the National Sikh Campaign, said: “These are exactly the kind of role models our youngsters need to feel proud of being a Sikh and an American.” *Attorney General* is a very powerful position New Jersey heading the Department of Law and Public Safety, which includes the state police.
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