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Bergen County Assemblywoman to resign from office

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Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Paramus) has submitted a letter of resignation from office to General Assembly Clerk Dana Burley.

The letter, dated Sept. 27, indicates her desire to resign, effective Tuesday.

Currently in her third term, Wagner was first elected to the Assembly in 2007.

In June, Wagner did not mention any plans to resign but did announce that she would not be seeking re-election in the fall due to the upcoming birth of her grandchild. Wagner then said she would be spending a significant amount of time traveling back and forth between New Jersey and Florida, thus rendering her re-election bid a tall task.

Paramus council President Joe Lagana has been chosen by Democrats to run for Wagner's seat.

In the letter, Wagner offers a reason for her resignation, saying she "will be moving out of state to assist my son and his wife following the birth of my healthy new grandson this past August."

"I would like to thank you and all my colleagues for a wonderful three terms in office as we strived to make New Jersey a better place for our constituents," Wagner wrote.

Wagner's resignation marks the second from the Assembly in a month. On Sept. 11, Newark Democrat Al Coutinho resigned his Assembly seat amidst a scandal involving his family's charitable foundation. The following day, Coutinho pleaded guilty to theft and falsifying records.

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