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Assemblyman James Kennedy. (Photo: New Jersey Assembly Majority Office.)

Coughlin picks Kennedy to chair Assembly Environment Committee

By David Wildstein, January 08 2021 7:05 pm

Assemblyman James Kennedy (D-Rahway) will take over as chairman of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, Speaker Craig Coughlin announced today.

Kennedy replaces Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), who resigned to become the new Middlesex County Clerk.

“I’ve known Assemblyman Kennedy for many years, and I know him to be a passionate advocate for the environment. He has proven that time and again during his tenure as vice-chair of the Environment Committee,” Coughlin said in a statement released on Friday evening. “I look forward to working with the Assemblyman to help craft meaningful bills to address climate change, clean energy and more. I know he will be a strong leader on environmental issues across-the-board.”

Kennedy has served as vice chair of the panel.

New Jersey is confronting many environmental issues that must be addressed,” said Kennedy, a former lobbyist and Rahway mayor who won an Assembly seat in 2015.  “As chairman, I pledge to be a tireless fighter on behalf of the State’s nine million residents and a staunch defender of the environment so that clean air and clean water are preserved for the generations to come.”

Coughlin has not yet named Pinkin’s replacement on the key legislative committee.

It’s also not clear if Kennedy will remain as vice chairman of the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee.

Typically, Assembly committee chairs do not concurrently hold vice chair posts, but each of the Democrats on the committee are already committee chairs.

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