Gordon Johnson picked up the backing of Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse in his bid for the Democratic State Senate nomination in the 37th district.
Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who serve together in the State Assembly, are vying to replace Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. Weinberg announced this month that she would not seek re-election to a sixth term.
“Senator Loretta Weinberg will leave behind a tremendous legacy when she retires next year and big shoes for anyone to fill,” Labrosse said. “I know both Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle well and have a great deal of respect for each of them as public servants.”
Labrosse said that at this moment, when racial justice issues have taken such a prominent and necessary place in our national dialogue, the best thing I can do to further that cause is to offer my support to Gordon Johnson to become Bergen County’s first-ever African American state senator.”
“Gordon has established himself as a leader in Trenton on so many of the important issues facing the City of Hackensack, and I am confident that he is the ideal choice to follow in Senator Weinberg’s footsteps and continue serving the needs of our residents,” stated Labrosse.
Hackensack Democratic Municipal Chair Lynne Hurwitz has already indicted her intent to support Johnson and has a strong hold over her 50-member Democratic municipal committee.
Labrosse was a Republican when he was elected mayor of Hackensack in their non-partisan election, but switched to the Democratic Party in 2017 after leaving the GOP in protest to statements made by President Donald Trump.