Assemblyman Albert Coutinho Abruptly Resigns Post
A state assemblyman from northern New Jersey has abruptly left office, less than a week after he announced that he would not seek re-election.
Albert Coutinho submitted his resignation letter Wednesday to the assembly clerk, stating that his departure was "effective immediately."
Coutinho told The Star-Ledger that he's the target of an investigation into the finances of his family's charitable foundation. He tells the newspaper he's discussing a possible plea bargain with the state attorney general's office.
The 44-year-old Coutinho had been in office since 2008. He represented the 29th legislative district, which includes Newark and Belleville.
A message left for his attorney Wednesday was not immediately returned.
Coutinho had announced Friday that he was withdrawing as a candidate for the upcoming November election.
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