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

Coughlin tests positive for Covid, will vote remotely on Monday, Tuesday

By David Wildstein, January 09 2022 3:38 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has tested positive for COVID-19 and says he will participate virtually in the Assembly’s final lame duck session on Monday and the reorganization and swearing-on on Tuesday.

 “I am experiencing very mild cold-like symptoms, but feel fine and am in good spirits,” said Coughlin. “It is for this exact reason, with the goal of protecting the health and safety of my fellow members, invited guests, and all involved in our proceedings, that the update to our policy was made last week.  Out of an abundance of caution I will be self-isolating and participating virtually in Monday’s voting session and Tuesday’s reorganization.”

Coughlin is unopposed in his bid for a third term as Assembly Speaker and on Tuesday will become the longest-serving Democratic Assembly Speaker in state history.  At the conclusion of the next legislative session in January 2024, Coughlin will tie Republican Jack Collins as New Jersey’s longest-serving Speaker.

On Friday, Coughlin announced that all attendees of next week’s Assembly session and reorganization ceremony, when new members will be sworn in, will be required to show proof of a negative test regardless of vaccination status.

“I remain extremely grateful that my symptoms are more than manageable, which is thanks to the science of vaccination and boosters, as well as the extra precaution of wearing a mask,” Coughlin stated. “In these circumstances, I am reminded of the tremendous job our healthcare workers continue to do.  For them, yourself, and your family, I strongly urge getting your shot and booster.”

Coughlin appeared on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC on Saturday.

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