Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement in response to Republican members’ conduct during Monday’s voting session:
“We have a fair and sensible policy that seems all the more reasonable as new Covid-19 case numbers have risen rather alarmingly to levels above 6,000 per day. I am glad members on both sides of the aisle chose to show up with respect for their colleagues, staff, and the public today. This is what happens when we come to the table with a spirit and willingness to do our jobs: the people’s business.
“As a result, despite the desperate efforts of several members of the minority party to delay important legislation, we succeeded in passing major mental health legislation for our students, took steps on gun safety, honored our service members and veterans, furthered our support for economic development in Atlantic City, and kept commitments to safeguard our natural resources.”