Pakistani-American Fauzia Janjua Becomes NJ Township’s First Muslim and South Asian Mayor

By A. Correspondent
Fauzia Janua taking. oath. as. the mayor at a special ceremoney. (Photo via video screenshot/azras.baig TikTok)
In a historic moment for Mount Laurel Township, Pakistani-American Fauzia Janjua has been appointed as the municipality’s first Muslim and South Asian woman to serve as Mayor. This milestone came during Wednesday’s Township Reorganization meeting, where Nikitas Moustakas was also selected as the new Deputy Mayor, marking a significant juncture in the township’s leadership.

Janjua and Moustakas, who had previously served as Deputy Mayor and Councilwoman, respectively, stepped into their new roles amid an atmosphere of celebration and support. Janjua’s ascendancy to the mayoral position bears special significance, as she stands as the first female mayor of Pakistani and Muslim origin in Mount Laurel Township.

The swearing-in ceremony, administered by New Jersey State Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, drew a standing ovation from the packed room, underscoring the community’s enthusiasm for this groundbreaking moment.

(Photo courtesy Westfield Friends School)

Mount Laurel is a township in Burlington County in New Jersey, near Pennsylvania border. The town is about 16 miles away from Philadelphia.

Janjua, expressing her gratitude and anticipation for the future, highlighted the township’s diverse cultural fabric, citing events such as Juneteenth and the Menorah holiday tradition as testaments to the rich heritage that unifies the community. “It is not just about recognizing our differences,” she emphasized, “it is about using them to unite and strengthen us.”

Moustakas, renowned for his efforts in initiating an annual Greek Independence Day celebration in Mount Laurel, echoed a similar sentiment, emphasizing the strides the township has made and the continued commitment to progress. He stressed the importance of inclusivity, promising to represent every voice in the Mount Laurel community.

Assemblywoman Carol Murphy commended the appointments, emphasizing the dedication made to foster diversity and community strength. “Today is another example of our commitment,” Murphy stated.

Janjua’s election has sparked congratulatory messages and wishes for success from the Pakistani-American community, heralding this achievement as a pivotal moment for representation and progress.

In her acceptance, Janjua expressed deep honor and pledged to dedicate herself to the welfare and development of the township, marking a new chapter in Mount Laurel’s history under her leadership.

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