Democrats and Republicans for both houses of the state Legislature picked their existing senior leaders to continue serving as heads of the party come the new session in January.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District, were elected by the Senate and Assembly Democrats respectively to continue to serve in their posts.
Other than Gov. Phil Murphy, the two serve as the most powerful elected Democrats in state government, and have used different styles both in public and behind closed doors to wield their power.
The Senate Democrats also selected Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-37th District, to be the Senate Majority Leader, the office announced.
Assembly Minority Leader John Bramnick, R-21st District, will continue heading the lower chamber’s Republican party, having just survived a close reelection bid against Democratic challengers in an increasingly blue part of the state.
Sen. Tom Kean, R-21st District, will continue as head of the Republican party in the upper house. Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, D-6th District, will continue as Assembly Majority Leader.
Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor-Marin, D-29th District, will continue chairing the powerful Assembly Budget Committee.