CAIR-NJ Welcomes Gov. Murphy’s Diverse List of Judicial Nominees, Including Two Muslims 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/1/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the diversity of Governor Phil Murphy’s 15 new judicial nominees, including CAIR-NJ’s Board of Director’s Chairwoman Nadia Kahf Esq.

If confirmed by the State Senate, Nadia would be the first Muslim woman to wear hijab on the bench.

Nadia Kahf, Esq. practices immigration law in Haledon, N.J., and would sit in Passaic County.  She is the Chairwoman of CAIR-NJ board, having served in that position since 2003.

She is the legal advisor to Wafa House, a Passaic County-based non-profit domestic violence agency, and Chairwoman of ICPC (Islamic Center of Passaic County).


SEE: Murphy names 15 new judges with huge number of minority nominees


In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“We welcome the diversity of the Governor’s fifteen nominees, and in particular the nominations of Nadia Kahf and Rahat Bader, two American Muslims.  

“Nadia is a pillar in the community. She has served the North Jersey Muslim community selflessly for much of her life in multiple volunteer and leadership capacities. From her community-oriented work at the Islamic Center of Passaic County and WAFA House, to her passion for the civil rights work of our CAIR-New Jersey office, Nadia has long been a champion for social justice.  

“We are honored by the nomination and pray that she is successfully appointed as a superior court judge.   

“Her potential judgeship as a Muslim woman is especially inspiring for so many aspiring young American Muslims. As a pioneer in the field, she will pave the way for so many others” 


CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.