The LD 19 committee convention endorsed Craig Coughlin as the Dem candidate for assembly, so O’Leary’s withdrawal did not open up a spot for Judge Mattias Rodriguez or Jean Pierce. Very disappointing.
The Star Ledger reports the vote was overwhelmingly for Coughlin:
District Democratic Party committee members nominated Coughlin with 170 votes. Superior Court Judge Mathias Rodriguez of Perth Amboy received 77 votes and Jean Pierce, a Woodbridge health care professional and activist, took 25 votes…
Coughlin will run with Assemblyman John Wisniewski of Sayreville, who attended tonight’s convention, and who several people suggested could be the next Assembly speaker.
“The man who I hope will be the next speaker,” Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo said in introducing Wisniewski…
Coughlin and Wisniewski will face Republican candidates Pradip “Peter” Kothari, a Woodbridge businessman, and Richard Piatkowski of Perth Amboy in November.
Even the Ocean County GOP (LD9) did a better job of getting a diverse ticket after Van Pelt’s resignation than the Mdlsx Dems.
[Update: Just saw this remark from Max Pizarro’s diary:
“I’m trying to break the barrier and prove you don’t need to be 6 ft. 4 to represent this district,” Coughlin said.
That just adds insult to injury.
South Amboy Mayor John T. O’Leary cracked a smile as he applauded in the back of the banquet hall. Coughlin was the man the 6 ft. 5 mayor from the south side of the bay had supported to be his successor…]