Gurbir S Grewal becomes the First Sikh Attorney General in New Jersey

A prominent Indian-American lawyer, Gurbir S Grewal has made history by becoming the first Sikh Attorney General of the US state of New Jersey after the state Senate approved his nomination unanimously, with a vote of 29-0.

He is renowned for running the 265-employee Prosecutor's Office ever since January 2016, with the view to curb the menace of opioid abuse with strategies such as pairing recently hospitalised or arrested suspects with addiction counselors. Grewal has also laid emphasis on maintaining cordial relationships between police and the community.

On expressing his gratitude for being appointed as the Attorney General of New Jersey, Gurbir S Grewal said during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, "I never imagined that my life's journey could bring me here today."

"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."

He addressed the lawmakers that 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 heroin epidemic.