Bayonne’s Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) will be taking over as the new majority whip in the New Jersey Assembly, part of the announced leadership team announced by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19).
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I have decided to increase the Leadership Team from six to eight in order to incorporate more members to help in creating a more member-centric decision-making process,” Coughlin said in a statement.
“I envision the new Majority Whip and Policy Chair providing an open line of communication amongst themselves, legislators, staff and leadership which will assist all of us in crafting thoughtful and responsible legislation that makes New Jersey a more competitive place in which to live and raise a family.”
Chiaravalloti, who was most recently serving as the vice-chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and also a sitting member of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees, welcomes the new opportunity.
“I thank Speaker Coughlin for entrusting me with this new responsibility and opportunity,” he stated.
“I am confident that working together with my colleagues, we will improve the operation in the Assembly and continue making a positive impact on the people of New Jersey.”
The majority whip last year was Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), now the chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Additionally, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) will be the head of the Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, with Assemblywomen Angelica Jimenez and Annette Chaparro named the vice chairs of the Assembly Health and the Law and Public Safety Committees, respectively.