Jersey City Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), the majority whip during last year’s legislative session, will be the new chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
â€œI am honored by Speaker Coughlinâ€™s confidence in me by appointing me Judiciary Chair,â€ Mukherji said in a statement.
â€œIn leading the Judiciary Committee, I plan to work diligently with the committee members to consider thoughtful policy rooted in fairness and justice for all New Jerseyans.â€
NJ Globe first made mention that Mukherji would be the Assembly Judiciary Chair last week as part of a story about Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) creating two new Assembly committees.
Mukherji is the first Asian American in state history to serve as the judiciary chair, as well as the the only former Marine and the only Asian American serving in the state Assembly.
He is also the chair of the Jersey City Housing Authority, as well as a former Jersey City deputy mayor.
2020 is shaping up to be a good year for Hudson County Assembly members, with Angela McKnight (D-31) chairing the Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, with Angelica Jimenez and Annette Chaparro vice chairing the Assembly Health and the Law and Public Safety Committees, respectively.