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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, left, with Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sweeney, Coughlin hold leadership posts

Top Democratic deputies re-elected

By Nikita Biryukov, January 14 2020 2:00 pm

Democratic leaders in both chambers of the legislature won new terms during their reorganizations Thursday.

Steve Sweeney was sworn into his sixth term as Senate president, making him the longest-serving senate president in the state’s history.

“It is an honor to continue to serve as Senate President as we start the third decade of the new millennium,” Sweeney said. “We have the opportunity to pursue a shared commitment to the primary needs of the people of New Jersey by embracing an agenda of major issues. The national government may be in chaos but we can continue to show that New Jersey can be a beacon of hope, opportunity and accomplishment.”

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin’s caucus elected him to lead them for the second term.

“The people of New Jersey have the right to demand we put aside our egos and ambitions and do what is right for them,” Coughlin said. “Let’s make the 219th Legislature one that is defined by our willingness to tackle real, hard challenges that make a difference in people’s lives. Let’s continue our efforts to make New Jersey more affordable.”

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate President Pro Tempore Teresa Ruiz were re-elected to their respective leadership posts.

In the Assembly, Lou Greenwald won another term as majority leader, and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson was again elected speaker pro tempore.

Gov. Phil Murphy will deliver his state of the state address to both chambers of the legislature at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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