A group of 34 black faith leaders endorsed Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) for State Senate Monday, also backing Johnson’s Assembly running mates and Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton.
“In one trip to the voting booth, we have the historic opportunity to send a Black man to the State Senate for the first time in Bergen County history, reelect the county’s first elected Black Sheriff, send the first Korean American woman to Trenton in New Jersey history, and send the first Pakistani American and first Muslim to the halls of the statehouse,” said Rev. Gregory Jackson.
Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) are both seeking to fill the Senate seat held by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who is not seeking re-election this year.
Former Tenafly Councilwoman Shama Haider and former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park are running with Johnson on the line against Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Councilwoman Lauren Kohn Dayton, who are running with Vainieri Huttle.
“We like to say New Jersey is the most diverse state in the nation, but that means next to nothing without diversity at the decision-making table,” Rev. Calvin McKinney said. “Electing Gordon Johnson to the state’s upper house is key to bringing more equity and diversity to state appointments and judgeships, making not only Bergen County but the all entire State of New Jersey fairer, more equal, and better represented.”