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

Coughlin creates two new Assembly committees

Speaker splits Health and Senior Services, Housing and Community Development

By David Wildstein, January 17 2020 12:07 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has created two new committees, splitting the Health and Senior Services and the Housing and Community Development panels.

Herbert Conaway, Jr. (D-Delran) will chair the Assembly Health Committee and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) will lead the Assembly Senior Services Committee.  Conaway had previously chaired the combined committees.

Benjie Wimberly (D-Paterson), who had chaired the Housing and Community Development Committee, will lead the Housing Committee.  Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson), who was dropped as Assembly Majority Conference Leader, the number four spot on the Democratic leadership team, gets the chair the Community Development Committee as a consolation prize.

Majority Whip Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) is the new Judiciary Committee chairman.  He replaces Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth), who succeeded Sumter as Majority Conference Leader.

Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City) take over the chair of the Homeland Security Committee, which had previously been held by Vainieri Huttle.

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