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

Coughlin wins another term as Assembly Speaker

By David Wildstein, November 07 2019 4:49 pm

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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin was re-elected to a second term without opposition.

“We have accomplished many great things over the last two years that have improved the lives of our fellow New Jerseyans including increasing the minimum wage, protecting our most vulnerable, and providing a record amount of school funding,” Coughlin said in a statement today. “However, there remains a lot to be done in the coming months and into next year and I am happy to work with our 52 member caucus on all of the initiatives we hope to accomplish.”

He promised to continue working to end food insecurity, starting with legislation that will address school lunches for all children.  He also pledged to “continue to fight for our veterans, those facing housing insecurities, and all middle class families.”

Coughlin was elected speaker after the 2017 elections after taking out incumbent Vincent Prieto.

Two years later, Coughlin appears popular with his colleagues and there was no hint of a challenge.

“As I have stated in the beginning of my first term, we will serve as both team players and, at times, when we must, independent leaders on critical policy issues,” Coughlin said.  “I am excited to continue to lead and look forward to working with all the members on my caucus as we move our democratic agenda forward.”

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