Assembly lauds departing member Chiusano

TRENTON – The Assembly opened its session Thursday by lauding departing Republican Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, who is leaving to take the post of Surrogate in Sussex County.

“We’re losing one of the great leaders,” said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. “We wish you well.”

Chiusano, a leader of the Republican Party, has served on the Budget Committee and the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and previously served as mayor of Frankford Township and on the Sussex freeholder board.

Both sides of the aisle lauded Chiusano for his service.

Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman, who also served with Chiusano on the Budget Committee, said she always considered him a “formidable” colleague form the other side of the aisle.

“And for that I’m glad you’re leaving,” she said in jest.

And Chiusano said, “This is a very emotional day,” as he thanked his 24th District constituents.

He said that as a legislator, “Every day I have the opportunity to help someone.” And he reminded everyone:  “If you’re in a foxhole, I’ll be there.”

Assembly lauds departing member Chiusano