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Coughlin taps Johnson for Speaker Pro-Tem

Nine-term Bergen Democrat replaces Jerry Green

By David Wildstein, May 22 2018 5:41 pm

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) has been picked as the new Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore, a prestigious but largely ceremonial post.

He replaces Jerry Green, who passed away in April.

Speaker Craig Coughlin named Johnson on Monday.  He will take office this Thursday.

“I thank Speaker Coughlin for his appointment and the opportunity to join the leadership team,” said Johnson. “We have made great strides in New Jersey over the years for the simple reason that we continue to keep and address the issues that are most critical to New Jersey citizens at the forefront of the work we do. I look forward to working with the Speaker and the members of the caucus on an agenda that will continue to make New Jersey better.”

Johnson is serving his ninth term in the State Assembly.  Nearly one year ago, Johnson was ousted as chairman of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee by then-Speaker Vincent Prieto when he endorsed Coughlin for the post.  He returned to the chairmanship in January.

The appointment of Johnson as Speaker Pro-Tempore leaves his old job as one of the Deputy Speakers open.  His replacement will be named by Coughlin.

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