|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 29th district
January 8, 2008 – September 11, 2013
|Preceded by||William D. Payne|
|Succeeded by||Eliana Pintor-Marin|
|Born||June 16, 1969|
|Website||Assembly Majority Web site|
Albert Coutinho (born June 16, 1969) is a former American Democratic Party politician, who represented the 29th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from January 8, 2008, until his resignation on September 11, 2013. He was eventually sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to theft and falsifying records, thus ending his career in New Jersey politics.
Coutinho earned a B.S. degree from New York University, with a major in Economics and Finance, and was awarded an M.B.A. from New York University in International Operations and Organizational Behavior. He is Managing Partner at Alter International.
He served the City of Newark as Central Planning Board Commissioner from 1996-2005 and as a Zoning Board of Adjustment Commissioner from 1993-96. He was an Essex County Utilities Authority Commissioner from 1992-98.
Elected to the General Assembly in 2007, Coutinho served on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee (as Vice-Chair) and on the Higher Education Committee.
Coutinho resigned from office as of September 11, 2013, amid an investigation into a charity that had been established by his father. A special convention of 200 Essex County Democratic Committee members chose Eliana Pintor Marin to fill his vacant seat in the Assembly and to take his ballot position for the November 2013 general election.
Coutinho subsequently pleaded guilty to theft and falsifying of records related to his personal use of funds intended for his family's foundation. He was sentenced to three years' probation and must pay restitution as well as never again serve as an elected official or public employee of the state.
Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 29th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:
- Assemblyman Coutinho's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed October 3, 2013.
- Giambusso, David. "Eliana Pintor Marin will replace Essex Assemblyman Coutinho", The Star-Ledger, September 11, 2013. Accessed October 3, 2013. "Hours after state Assemblyman Al Coutinho (D-Essex) tendered his resignation today, party leaders gathered in Newark's ornate Mediterranean Manor to vote for his replacement, Eliana Pintor Marin.... Coutinho stepped down abruptly today amid an investigation into a family foundation started by his father Bernardino Coutinho. Pintor Marin will fill out the remainder of his term in the Assembly and will replace him on the ballot in November."
- Baxter, Christopher. "Ex-N.J. Assemblyman Al Coutinho sentenced to three years probation for theft", The Star-Ledger, Newark, 25 October 2013. Accessed 28 October 2013.
- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed October 3, 2013.