NJ Politics Digest: Former Assembly Speaker Nabs $280K State Post

Vincent Prieto is stepping down for a high-paying gig.

Vincent Prieto. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

The former top Democrat in the state Assembly is stepping down after landing a $280,000 per year post as president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA).

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto had been Speaker of the Assembly but was forced out of the post by his own party at the start of the current session in January. He currently works as a construction code official for the city of Secaucus and was recommended for the authority’s top post by Gov. Phil Murphy. Prieto will leave the assembly and his city post before starting his new job on Feb. 26.

A report on NJ.com notes how the 14-year veteran of the legislature told the The NJSEA Board of Commissioners that he “gets” the Meadowlands and its role as an economic engine for the region.
In a statement, Chairman Mike Ferguson said Prieto’s appointment “is especially appropriate as Assemblyman Prieto crafted the legislation that successfully combined” the NJSEA with the former New Jersey Meadowlands Commission in 2015.

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