PATERSON, NJ- Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter, who sat down exclusively with TAPinto Paterson last week to discuss how he believes the County of Passaic and City of Paterson can work more closely together in 2018,  released a statement in support of the appointment of Dr. Shereef Elnahal to the position of Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, the first Muslim-American to be appointed to that position.

The statement reads:

"Dr. Shereef Elnahal is the epitome of the American dream - the son of doctors who immigrated from Egypt, he has dedicated his life to public service and has gone from New Jersey to Harvard and then to Washington and now is returning to the Garden State to serve as our next Commissioner of Health.  His appointment shows once again that Phil Murphy is committed not only to an Administration that is representative of the people it serves, but also that he is bringing in the best and brightest minds to help move our state forward."

Governor-Elect Phil Murphy made the announcement regarding Elnahal’s appointment on Wednesday.