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Craig Coughlin
New Jersey General Assembly District 19
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSaint John's University
J.D.Saint John's Law School
Office website
Craig J. Coughlin is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009.

He previously served as Chairman of the Woodbridge Democratic Organization. [1]


Coughlin earned his B.S. in Communications from Saint John's University and his J.D. from Saint John's Law School. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[2]

Committee assignments




See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Coughlin won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 19. Coughlin was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and incumbent John S. Wisniewski (D) defeated Arif Khan (R) and Stephanie Ziemba (R) in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.[3] [4][5]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Coughlin won re-election in 2011. Coughlin and incumbent John Wisniewski ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Angel Leon and Shane Robinson in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 19 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Wisniewski Incumbent 34% 18,241
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Coughlin Incumbent 32.6% 17,492
     Republican Angel Leon 16.8% 9,008
     Republican Shane Robinson 16.6% 8,915
Total Votes 53,656


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Bracketed with incumbent John Wisniewski in the November 3, 2009 general election, he received 22,142 votes (26%), defeating Republican challengers Peter Kothari and Richard Piatkowski, as well as Change and Commitment candidate Barry Adler and Independent Conservative candidate James Poesl.[7][8]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Nineteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John S. Wisniewski (D) 24,329
Green check mark transparent.png Craig J. Coughlin (D) 22,226
Richard W. Piatkowski (R) 17,555
Peter Kothari (R) 16,846

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coughlin is available dating back to 2009. Based on available campaign finance records, Coughlin raised a total of $290,783 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[9]

Craig Coughlin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $181,681
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $109,102
Grand Total Raised $290,783


Coughlin won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Coughlin raised a total of $181,681.


Coughlin won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Coughlin raised a total of $109,102.



In 2013, Coughlin’s endorsements include the following: [10] [11]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey


In 2011, Coughlin’s endorsements included the following:[12]


Coughlin and his wife, Tish, have three children. Coughlin is President of the Fords Clara Barton Little League, and a member of the South Amboy City Council and South Amboy Board of Education.

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