Murphy Nominates New Jersey's First Muslim-American Cabinet Member

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With less than one week to go before New Jersey inaugurates a new governor, Governor-elect Phil Murphy is continuing to fill his cabinet.

On Wednesday, January 10th, Murphy announced he has nominated Dr. Shereef Elnahal to be New Jersey's next health commissioner.

The 32-year-old Linwood and Galloway Township native currently serves as the assistant deputy under secretary for health for Quality, Safety, and Value at the United States Veterans Affairs Department, after he was appointed to the position by former President Barack Obama.

If the State Senate approves the nomination, Elnahal would become the state's first Muslim-American cabinet member.

Elnahal says he looks forward to working with Murphy to ensure, "No New Jerseyan slips through the cracks."

Murphy takes over as governor on Tuesday, January 16th.

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