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

Coughlin congratulates caucus on primary victories

All incumbent Assembly Dems keeping their seats for now

By Nikita Biryukov, June 05 2019 12:03 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on Wednesday congratulated his caucus members for emerging victorious in Tuesday’s primaries.

“Congratulations to my colleagues in the Assembly and I look forward to continuing to work with each of you to allow New Jersey to serve as a model state for others to follow suit,” Coughlin said.

Every member of Coughlin’s Caucus won over their primary challengers Tuesday.

A small number of them will have to defend their seats against competitive Republican challengers come November, but for now, Assembly Democrats will have to focus on a slightly more pressing issue — making sure the government stays open in July.

At the moment, legislative leaders are at odds with Gov. Phil Murphy over the latter’s proposal for a millionaire’s tax.

Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney staunchly oppose such a tax. Murphy ran on it and is pushing for the second row in a year to see that campaign promise fulfilled, though its prospects in both chambers of the legislature look rather grim.

“Last year, the Legislature put forth a budget that has proven to be fiscally responsible and surpassed revenue expectations,” Coughlin said. “I am confident that we will work together to again put forth a budget that provides that same economic stability and growth.”

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