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In a first, Sikh-American Gurbir S Grewal appointed New Jersey's AG

Grewal, became the nation's first Sikh state attorney general after the Senate approved his nomination with a vote of 29-0. He was later sworn into office at a private ceremony

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

Gurbir S Grewal
Gurbir S Grewal (Photo: https://twitter.com/SikhRI)

Gurbir S Grewal, a prominent Indian-American has become the first of the US state of after the state approved his nomination unanimously.

"I never imagined that my life's journey could bring me here today," Grewal, 44, said during his confirmation hearing in front of the on Tuesday.

"I'm extremely humbled, and I'm looking forward to getting started," he said. "My first order of business is to introduce myself and get up to speed."

Grewal, became the nation's first state after the approved his nomination with a vote of 29-0. He was later sworn into office at a private ceremony, NJ.com reported.

Grewal, a registered Democrat, was made Bergen County's top by in 2016. Before that, he worked as at the US Attorney's Office under former Paul Fishman, the report said.

told lawmakers he would continue the Attorney General's Office's efforts to stem the opioid crisis and improve relationships between police and the communities they serve.

He said he would direct the Division of Criminal Justice, the office's prosecuting arm, to work with prosecutors in the state's 21 counties to coordinate response to the

He has run the 265-employee Prosecutor's Office since January 2016, working to combat opioid abuse with strategies such as pairing recently hospitalised or arrested suspects with addiction counselors. He also focused on improving relationships between police and the community.

was nominated in December to serve as the next of the US state of He was named by Governor-elect

First Published: Thu, January 18 2018. 14:25 IST
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