Coleman not ready to give up on speakership

Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Trenton) says she’s still interested in becoming Assembly Speaker, but she doesn’t want to talk about it until after the November general election.

“In order for us to have any discussion on November the 4th, I need to be focused on returning our majority,” she said. “I think that any of the discussion about who’s going to be what, who’s got what and who’s going to do what is a family discussion that will be had at the appropriate time.”

Watson openly announced that she was interested in the leadership position as soon as current Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) announced his impending retirement. But today her chances of winning the spot diminished as a host of legislators lined up behind Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange).

“My position has not changed about my interest. My focus is still on getting the governor reelected and our majority reelected,” she said.

Coleman not ready to give up on speakership