Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto of Secaucus may soon lose his position as New Jersey Assembly Speaker, according to various reports.
This week, Democratic Assembly members representing Essex County have pledged their support to Craig Coughlin of Middlesex County. Their support should give Coughlin enough votes to take over leadership of the state legislature’s lower house.
Prieto, who is in his second term as Assembly Speaker, has not conceded defeat to Coughlin. The State Assembly will not vote on its leadership change until January, well after November’s elections.
The influence of Prieto may have eroded over the summer after he was unable to acquire the votes needed to pass the state budget in the Assembly and avoid a brief government shutdown.