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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Coughlin celebrates Assembly wins

Democrats lost two seats in the lower chamber, may lose two more

By Nikita Biryukov, November 06 2019 12:20 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin celebrated Democrats’ performance in yesterday’s elections.

“I am proud that Democrats held our overwhelming majority in the General Assembly last night, marking the first time Democrats have ever retained at least a 50-plus majority in a legislative mid-term,” the speaker said. “Our success included hold seats in districts that were solidly Republican even several years ago and our aggressive strategy to compete across the state allowed us to make inroads in districts that have been Republican for many decades.”

Last night, Democrats lost two Assembly Seats and a State Senate seat in the first district while failing to flip any Republican-held seats.

It’s possible Democrats in the second district will be ousted as well, but the result of that race won’t be clear until all mail-in ballots are counted.

The first district loss means Democrats no longer have a super majority in the Assembly.

“We will continue to build upon those inroads in the election cycles ahead, as we continue to govern in a fiscally responsible way on behalf of working middle class families to achieve that success,” Coughlin said.

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