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Edison Municipal Court Judge Asma Warsi. (Photo: Asma Warsi).

Joshi appoints Edison’s first Muslim municipal judge

By Joey Fox, April 26 2023 4:48 pm

Edison Mayor Sam Joshi announced today that he has appointed Asma Warsi to be a judge of the Edison Municipal Court; the Edison Township Council unanimously approved Warsi’s nomination, giving the majority-Asian Middlesex County township its first-ever Muslim municipal judge.

“This is a historic moment that highlights our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our justice system,” Joshi said in a statement. “Judge Warsi brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and integrity to the bench, and I am confident that she will serve our community with fairness and impartiality.”

Warsi, an immigrant from Pakistan and a Rutgers Law School graduate, began her career as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx. She is currently the immigration services program director for Catholic Charities of Metuchen, and has operated her own law practice since 2009.

Warsi’s new judicial position parallels similar developments in the New Jersey Superior Court, where Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has been intent on increasing diversity. Murphy has nominated a number of Asian American judges in the past several years, including two – Nadia Kahf Alqudah and Dalya Youssef – who are seemingly the first two Superior Court judges in New Jersey history to wear hijabs on the bench.

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