Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Paterson) will be the new chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, a post left vacant in April following the death of longtime committee chairman Jerry Green.
“Benjie is the absolute right choice to lead the Assembly Housing Committee,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “We have seen his dedication to the critical issues affecting New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities through his ardent participation on the Assembly Budget Committee and in the past on the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Assemblyman Wimberly will provide fresh leadership and mixture of compassion and diligence to the work of the committee in the way Jerry would have been proud.”
Coughlin’s pick of Wimberly, a rising star in the Assembly, signals some softening of the tension that existed after the 2017 election. Wimberly is an ally of Democratic State Chairman/Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie, who backed Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for re-election against Coughlin. The battle led to several Prieto allies, like Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), to lose their chairmanships.
“It is an honor to serve as chair of the Assembly Housing Committee,” said Wimberly, who was elected to the Legislature in 2011. “I look forward to tackling the many housing concerns affecting New Jersey residents throughout the state. There are many other issues that need to be raised and discussed alongside affordable housing requirements that are especially important to communities like Paterson, such as the plethora of homes and buildings left abandoned without upkeep.”