FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
“Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones announced after several months of deliberation the membership has reached a consensus to support Assemblyman Craig Coughlin as the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly for the next legislative session.
He went on to clarify that Lieutenant Governor Candidate and current Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver was omitted from these discussions due to her involvement in the Governor's Campaign.
"It is my belief that, as Speaker, Assemblyman Coughlin will provide strong leadership to the New Jersey General Assembly and will work in partnership with our Democratic nominee for Governor, Ambassador Phil Murphy, and his running mate for Lt. Governor, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver. Together, along with our Essex Delegation in the Assembly, we will be able to address the challenges of fiscal responsibility, quality education, strengthening our middle class, job creation and improving the overall quality of life for all our residents that our state faces in the immediate future,” continued Chairman Jones.
Craig Coughlin, who represents the 19th District, resides in Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County and received a B.S. degree from St. John's University and a J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law. He previously served on the South Amboy Board of Education and the South Amboy Borough Council, and, in 2009, ran for the General Assembly seat vacated by Joseph Vas. Coughlin won the general election and was sworn in to office on January 12, 2010. In the General Assembly, Coughlin serves as Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and as a member of the Commerce and Economic Development and Labor Committees. He also is the Assembly Parliamentarian.
"Now that this issue has been put to bed in Essex County, our mission will be sharply focused on producing the largest democratic plurality in the state for Phil Murphy, Sheila Oliver, all our candidates for the Senate and the Assembly as well as our candidates for local office," concluded Chairman Jones.