Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling
A lifelong resident and former Mayor of Neptune Township, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling has always strived to give back to the community in which he raised his family. Eric is a career electrician and a proud, 40-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 400. He has also served as a representative to the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Central Labor Council.
Through his work with labor, Eric has gained a keen understanding of the issues facing working families, including the need for us to create good-paying jobs, make education more effective, and keep our communities safe.
Eric serves on the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee and the Labor Committee. He serves as the Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and as the Vice-Chair of the Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee.
Eric and his wife Linda have three children - a son and two daughters - and seven grandchildren.
Assemblywoman Joann Downey
The daughter of a New Jersey State Trooper, Assemblywoman Joann Downey is a former Deputy State Attorney General who prosecuted cases of child abuse and neglect. She is currently an attorney in private practice. Joann received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her law degree from New York Law School. She also holds a Master's Degree in social work from Boston University.
As a member of the General Assembly, Joann is fighting to provide real property tax relief to residents and to create a Monmouth County her young daughters will be able to one day proudly call their home.
Joann serves on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and serves as the Chair of the Human Services Committee.
Joann was raised in Freehold Township and resides there with her husband Stephen - a professor of history at Ocean County College - and their two young daughters.