Biden nominates first Muslim American to serve as US District Court judge in NJ

Among President Joe Biden’s first judicial picks, he is nominating Julien Neals and Zahid Quraishi to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. If confirmed, Quraishi will become the first Muslim American to serve as a federal district judge in New Jersey. Quraishi is a Rutgers Law School graduate and currently serves as a U.S. magistrate judge.

Neals was previously nominated to a seat but was blocked by Sen. Mitch McConnell. He served under former Newark Mayor Cory Booker before being hired as Bergen County Counsel and acting county administrator. The nominations would fill two out of six vacancies on New Jersey’s bench. Aside from California, New Jersey has more vacancies than any other state in the country.

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