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Sonia Das. (Photo: Assembly Majority Office).

Familiar face returns to statehouse as Coughlin staffer

Sonia Das will serve as senior advisor to the Assembly Speaker

By David Wildstein, January 11 2023 12:11 pm

A former aide to Gov. Richard Codey and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is returning to New Jersey to work for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin in an election year when Republicans are making a play for control of the legislature.

Sonia Das will serve as a senior advisor to Coughlin after spending nearly two years running a legislative and issue advocacy firm in Seattle.

“Sonia has a proven record of excellence working with all levels of government,” Coughlin said.  “We look forward to the breadth of knowledge and the tremendous experience that she will bring to our office as we advance an agenda on behalf of New Jersey’s working families.”

Das started out in New Jersey politics in 2001 when she served as field director for the Hamilton Township Council campaign of Wayne DeAngelo and Dan Benson, now both Democratic assemblymen.  She managed the re-election campaign of Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) in 2003 when Middlesex Democrats had dropped incumbent Arline Friscia (D-Woodbridge) from the organization line and replaced her with Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas.  Vas narrowly defeated Friscia in the primary; Friscia later switched parties and tried to hold her seat as a Republican.

She worked on the staff of Gov. James E. McGreevey and then served as an assistant press secretary to Codey from 2005 to 2006.  She returned with Codey to the Senate in 2006 and served as a special assistant to the Senate President, and later as a senior research associate in the Senate Majority Office from 2008 to 2013.

From 2013 to 2016, Das served as Weinberg’s chief of staff.  She later joined the Advocacy and Management Group, the Trenton government relations firm headed by former Commissioner of Labor A.J. Sabath.

“I am proud to join the Assembly Majority at this exciting time for New Jersey,” stated Das.  “From economic development to consumer protections to gun violence prevention, the members of the Assembly have proven that they are focused on the issues that matter to New Jerseyans, and I am looking forward to getting to work.”

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