Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) released the following statement on Friday:
“I would like to take this opportunity to let the people of the 29th legislative district know that I will no longer be a candidate for the Assembly in the November 2013 general election.
“My most recent challenges have led me to recognize how important it is to stay healthy and focused on my family and personal life. I have already advised the Essex County Democratic Party of my decision and I will be notifying the Secretary of State to withdraw my name from the upcoming November ballot.
“I would like to thank those who have supported me throughout the years. The thousands of well wishes and cards received over the last few months have truly warmed my heart in the midst of the health challenges I have faced.
“It has been an extraordinary honor to represent the people of the 29th legislative district. As a community, we are making great strides with improvements to our cities and our schools. I am particularly proud of the new business-related initiatives and economic development reforms that I have been able to promote for the betterment of all New Jerseyans.
“As I reflect on this decision, I think about the importance of having someone newly elected that will continue to fight for our citizens and who is truly reflective of the resilience and hard work of our 29th District.
“Thank you and may God bless you all.”