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Christie Taps Glen Rock Man as Next Bergen County Prosecutor

Gurbir Grewal would serve a five-year term as the top county law enforcer if confirmed by the state senate.

Bergen County Courthouse / File Photo
Bergen County Courthouse / File Photo
Glen Rock resident Gurbir Grewal was appointed Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie to become the county’s next top law enforcement official, replacing longtime Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

Molinelli, a Democrat, was first appointed by Gov. Jim McGreevy in 2002. His second term expired in January, but Christie delayed a decision on an appointment for months.

Grewal currently works in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the deputy chief of the Economic Crims Unit and Computer Hacking and IP Crimes Unit. He has also worked as a federal prosecutor on securities and business fraud in New York.

Grewal attended Georgetown University and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. He is also a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of New York.

“With his experience as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey and New York, Mr. Grewal has the right credentials and background to be the chief law enforcement officer for Bergen County,” Christie said in a release. “He also brings diversity to a highly diverse county, which will serve him and the community well.”

According to Northjersey.com, Grewal will be the first Sikh to serve in the post.

“It’s excellent news for the community, because I think he is one of what we call the new generation, born here, raised here and someone who went to school here and is a full-fledged Sikh,” Karmjit Singh Sidhu, the president of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh temple in Glen Rock, told the Record.

Grewal will serve a five-year term at the helm of the prosecutor's office, pending confirmation from the state senate.

Melvin Freedenberg September 15, 2013 at 08:39 AM
As I recall the massive number of corrupt or incompetent "Good o'l boys club" people in public office, cudos go out to Governor Christie for breaking the mold of political morons in this state. From Florio to McGreevey to Corzine, Sharp James,up and down the ladder, we have had a belly full of politicians we can't trust. Mr. Grewal is a brilliant choce for Bergen County Prosecutor. If I only had the same confidence in Booker, which I don't.
John Santaella September 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM
I cannot help but notice the inherent bias in the headline for this story. Is it a bias based on religion? He is not 'man'. He's a Federal prosecutor.
DD September 15, 2013 at 07:14 PM
He's not a man? I suspect the prosecutor would be alarmed to hear this. "Glen Rock man." "NYC woman." "Paramus teen." All fine in reporting. Get over it.
John Santaella September 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Didn't say he wasn't a man. Show him the respect he's earned by referring to his title.
DD September 15, 2013 at 07:26 PM
He's no doctor. Take it easy, Francis.
DD September 15, 2013 at 07:27 PM
"Plumber John Smith was hired to fix my leak." "CPA Bill Johnson worked on my tax returns." I think I like this, now that you say it.
Building Seven 2001 September 21, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Gotta love how Christie is standing up for the rich by cutting education and allowing businesses to destroy the environment! You gotta know that these tree hugging hippies are just lying when they say that the environment actually matters!
DD September 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Uhhh, what?
Building Seven 2001 September 23, 2013 at 07:00 PM
I hate these Communist LIBERALS who think it's their business to raise OUR taxes! Well guess what, I will continue to vote down the education budget because I don't wanna pay higher taxes! Our tax dollars should only go to building up our military so we can finally destroy the terrorist states of Iran and Syria. The United States military should extend its presence to every corner of the world, include our very own backyards to protect against Evil Democrat Liberals! I am happy with the job that the TSA is doing at the airports as well, we need to weed out the Communists from our society and promote the things that this great country was built on: Christianity, republicanism, and authoritarianism!
John Santaella September 23, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Christianity, republicanism and authoritarianism, and peanuts. CRAP.
Building Seven 2001 September 24, 2013 at 08:50 PM
And what would you mean by such an extensively detailed comment Mr. Santaella? If you have a problem with my sensible doctrines and ideologies why don't you just come out and say it? If you don't want to though, I understand. It's definitely hard to speak when your LIBERAL head is in the sand! This reminds me of Matthew 12:36, "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak."
John Santaella September 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM
When you start to put religion and politics together you betray any sense of reason. You don't know me but since you think I disagree with your religious notions I must be Liberal. And then in a previous post you label Liberals Communists. Or, was it the other way around, Communists Liberals? There was a fellow many years ago who said 'render onto Caesar that which is Ceasar's and unto god that which is gods'. In other words don't mix politics with religion. Follow that good fellows example.
Building Seven 2001 September 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Mr. Santaella you should take some time and read a history book. Christianity and Republicanism were two ideals that formed this country and were connected more than your narrow-minded liberal view of the world will ever know. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington were all Conservative Republicans who were devout Christians. How could you be so STUPID as to even think that Christianity and the forming of the country did not have some kind of correlation? Why do you think that the Patriots hated the RED coats so much? Because they were ATHEIST COMMUNISTS!! Why else would they be called RED coats?! I will pray for your misled, narrow-minded soul when I go to Cornerstone Church on Sunday. Please take some time to read the Bible and maybe then you will know the TRUTH about the world. This reminds me of Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
thetentman September 26, 2013 at 08:10 AM
hey Building 7 - There is no god other than the FSM so watch your mouth.

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