Governor Phil Murphy

Statement from Governor Murphy on the Confirmation of Zahid N. Quraishi


TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today released the following statement following the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Zahid Quraishi to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by a vote of 81-16.  

“Another barrier has been broken, and it has been broken in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “I congratulate the newest member of the federal bench for the District of New Jersey, Judge Zahid Quraishi, on becoming the first Muslim federal judge in our nation’s history. As a Captain in the United States Army, an attorney in private practice, an Assistant United States Attorney, and a federal magistrate judge, Judge Quraishi has built a strong and commendable legal record. I know that all who enter his courtroom in search of justice will benefit from his experience, his knowledge, and his commitment to the law. 

"I further congratulate President Biden on this historic confirmation, and I thank both Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their role in the selection process and their work to ensure Judge Quraishi’s smooth confirmation.”