Nearly every Democrat in the New Jersey State Assembly in now on record as endorsing Craig Coughlin for another term as Speaker, a vote that will occur after the 2021 general election and keep him in office until at least January 24.
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) said today that the would support Coughlin for re-election to a third term.
“From fighting for the needs of the most vulnerable among us to his focus on fighting for the needs of New Jersey middle class families, Craig Coughlin has been an exceptionally thoughtful and effective leader of the Assembly Democratic caucus,” Reynolds-Jackson and Verrelli said in a joint statement. “We are fortunate to have him as our Speaker and look forward to supporting him for another term as Speaker after next November’s elections.”
A third Mercer County legislator, Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton), had already backed Coughlin as part of the Middlesex County Assembly delegation.
Coughlin has now received public support from 50 of 52 Democrats currently serving in the State Assembly.
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson) and Assemblyman Benji Wimberley (D-Paterson) are the only two Democratic incumbents who have not yet announced their support for Coughlin..