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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Bergen Democrats will back Coughlin for another term as Assembly Speaker

By David Wildstein, September 30 2020 6:59 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

The Bergen County Democratic Assembly delegation has endorsed Speaker Craig Coughlin for re-election to a third term, making it extraordinarily likely that he will remain in one of the state’s most powerful posts through 2023.

The six Democrats representing Bergen in the Assembly – Speaker Pro Tempore Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn) and Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield – have signed on to support Coughlin.

“It is an honor and privilege to work alongside Speaker Craig Coughlin in the State Assembly. A fervent fighter for New Jersey, Speaker Coughlin works collaboratively with each of us, and our entire delegation, to tackle the critical issues facing middle-class families in Bergen County and throughout the state,” the six legislators said.  “We are grateful for his steady and thoughtful leadership and proudly endorse him for another term as speaker following the November 2021 elections.”

The announcement comes one day after three Democratic senators from Bergen County – Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) and Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus) – announced that they would back Senate President Steve Sweeney to remain as Senate President in 2022 and 2023.

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