Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Grewal Is Historic Pick for Attorney General

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Grewal Is Historic Pick for Attorney General

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Attorneys general matter. That's true on the federal level. It's true on the state level. That's why Jeff Sessions' appointment as U.S. attorney general remains troubling. And why Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's Tuesday announcement that he has chosen Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for state attorney general is so encouraging.

Grewal, an Indian-American Sikh, would be the first Sikh serving as a state attorney general in U.S. history. The Glen Rock resident has been widely praised by public officials and civic leaders across the state.

At Tuesday's press conference, Murphy said, "In light of all that is being thrown at us by the president, we need an attorney general unafraid to join our fellow states in using the law to protect all New Jersey residents."

It is notable that Grewal, a Democrat, was appointed to the county Prosecutor's Office by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The governor leaves a decidedly mixed legacy, but he provided real leadership in naming a Muslim, Sohail Mohammed, to the Superior Court, and in choosing Grewal as a county prosecutor.

On Tuesday, Grewal said, "The American dream is alive and well in New Jersey." It is a sentiment we hope proves true these coming years.

In the past, that dream has occasionally been sidetracked by state attorneys general. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman's attorney general, Peter Verniero, did not react quickly to combat a culture of racial profiling within state trooper ranks. It took years to repair the damage.

We hope Grewal fights the good fight, not the partisan fight. We expect him to stand up for the rights of immigrants in New Jersey and for minority voices, to fight racial and religious intolerance, and to support equal rights for the LGBT community.

Murphy said his administration will fight the Trump administration on policies that reduce New Jerseyans' access to affordable health care, diminish voting rights and put the environment at risk. …

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