Amid ongoing discussions on Wednesday about how to break an impasse at the statehouse, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) told InsiderNJ she is not party to a plot to hit the eject button on Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) this week.
There are talks.
Feel-out phone calls.
But Pintor Marin, favored to land the budget chairmanship if and when South Jersey and Middlesex and Essex put together the votes to dethrone Prieto in favor of Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19), insisted she has no intention of being party to a mission to can Prieto prior to the end of the week.
“At this time I would not want to oppose Vinny,” the assemblywoman from the Ironbound section of Newark told InsiderNJ.
She denied any plan that would include her to defrock Prieto from power and laughed at the suggestion that she would agree to serve as a place-holding, baton-passing speaker for Coughlin.
“I hope we have a discussion on Thursday about [state Senator Joe] Vitale’s Horizon bill,” Pintor Marin said.
Although a source told InsiderNJ early Wednesday that a South Jersey elected official was making probing phone calls about carrying Prieto off the speaker’s stand as early as Thursday, an Essex source insisted that plans for Essex Democrats to join any effort to oust speaker before the end of the week “are extremely premature.”