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From left, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune), State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold). (Photo: Via Facebook)

Monmouth Democrats on board for Sweeney, Coughlin

Gopal, Houghtaling, Downey backing re-election of legislative leadership

By David Wildstein, October 01 2020 12:02 pm

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, left, State Sen. Vin Gopal, center, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey. (Photo: Facebook.)

Democratic legislators from Monmouth County are sticking with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for another term, keeping the legislative leadership team intact through 2023, as long as Democrats maintain control of the New Jersey Legislature.

“If re-elected next November, I am proud to add my support to the chorus of voices from Bergen, Middlesex, Passaic and all over the state in supporting Steve Sweeney for another term as Senate President for the next cycle,” said Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch).  “As Senate President, Steve has been a partner in helping us advance critical pieces of legislation for the 11th Legislative District, including school funding, increasing special education funding, restoring the senior freeze program, support of homestead rebates among many other pieces of legislation that affect working families.”

With Gopal, Sweeney now as 20 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on record as supporting him to hold the post for a term that would end in January 2024.

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) are backing Coughlin for a third term as Speaker.

“If re-elected, we are pleased to support Speaker Craig Coughlin for another term as Speaker. He has been a strong voice for the middle-class and a strong partner in fighting for the interests of Monmouth County residents,” Houghtaling and Downey said.  “Whether it is restoring homestead rebates or restoring senior freeze, Speaker Coughlin has stood with us in our priorities.”

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