Gov. Christie To Nominate Attorney Grewal To Top Legal Post


grewalNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has informed state lawmakers he plans to nominate an Indian-American to the post of Bergen County acting prosecutor.
Gurbir Grewal, 42, a leading attorney in New Jersey will make history if the state Senate confirms his nomination to become the first Indian-American prosecutor in the state.
Born and raised in the U.S., Grewal will also be the first practicing Sikh to be the lead prosecutor of a County. Grewal will start as acting prosecutor on Jan. 4, taking over the post held for 14 years by John Molinelli.
Two years ago when Gov. Christie first nominated him for the prosecutor’s post, the Senate, dominated by Democrats, held up his nomination. When the new legislative session begins in the second week of January, Gov. Christie is expected to renominate Grewal after which the Senate Judiciary Committee will have to confirm him. According to, Christie sent a letter to state lawmakers Dec. 31, about his intent to nominate Grewal who will be sworn in as deputy attorney general before he takes over as acting prosecutor for Bergen County.
He has more than a decade of experience prosecuting cases including some major white collar crimes for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. State Rep. Raj Mukherji told Desi Talk he plans to advocate on behalf of Grewal with his Democratic colleagues. “I hope that my counterparts in the Senate act swiftly to confirm this exceptional nominee,” Mukherji said, calling it a “historic but long overdue” for the first Indian American County Prosecutor to be appointed in New
Mukherji, who is also a lawyer by training, said, “I’m not only excited that the Governor appointed a South Asian, or that he reached across party lines to appoint a Democrat, but especially that he appointed Gurbir Grewal.” Mukherji praised Grewal’s for his prosecutorial  experience. He will replace John Molinelli who served as Bergen County Prosecutor for 14 years. When Christie nominated Grewal the first time in 2013, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman praised Grewal’s work and his personality. “He’s a tremendous lawyer; thoughtful, well-prepared, great judgment and well-liked by his adversaries, the judges and his colleagues,” Fishman said, according to a report.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Grewal got his law degree from The College of William and Mary – Marshall Wythe Law School. He currently serves as chief of the Economic Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office since February 2014. Prior to that he was the deputy chief in the Economic Crimes Unit and the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section from July 2013 to February 2014. From November 2010 to July 2013, Grewal
was assistant U.S. Attorney, Economic Crimes Unit.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Grewal was in private practice at the law firm Howrey LLP from 2008 to 2010. He also did a stint at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn from 2004 to 2007. He lives in Glen Rock, N.J. with his wife and two children.