Middlesex County Demo­crat Cough­lin elected As­sem­bly speaker

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

TREN­TON » New Jer­sey’s Demo­cratic-led As­sem­bly has a new speaker.

The Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity on Mon­day se­lected Assem­bly­man Craig Cough­lin, of Middlesex County, to suc­ceed Vin­cent Pri­eto.

Cough­lin will as­sume the pow­er­ful speak­er­ship on Jan. 9. He’s com­ing into of­fice as Demo­cratic Gov.elect Phil Mur­phy takes the reins from Repub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie.

Pri­eto said last week that he would not seek a third term as speaker and backed Cough­lin.

Cough­lin is an at­tor­ney who served in the As­sem­bly since 2010.

He says he in­tends to lead by “con­sen­sus” and

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