The leader of a major New Jersey progressive grassroots group wants Assemblyman Gordon Johnson to answer questions about allegations that the made inappropriate sexual comments in 2008 to an Englewood woman who wanted to run for city council.
The woman, Deidre Paul, told POLITICO that Johnson had asked her to become his “concubine.”
“We demand answers from Assemblyman Johnson about what actually occurred, and, at the very least an apology for this crude, misogynistic comment,” said Sue Altman, the state director of New Jersey Working Families.
Paul later switched parties and ran against Johnson for State Assembly in 2013. She is currently a candidate for the Republican nomination for Assembly for the 37th district seat Johnson is vacating to run for Senate.
Johnson faces Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle in the June Democratic primary. Vainieri Huttle has been endorsed by New Jersey Working Families.
“Here we go again, another day in Trenton. A man in power makes a gross, vulgar ‘joke’ about a woman, and now he has no recollection about it?” Altman asked. “And, who in politics forgets seeing a email complaint about an allegation of this nature? Give us a break.”
Johnson told POLITICO that he did not recall meeting with Paul.
Paul told the New Jersey Globe earlier month that she viewed Johnson as the marginally better choice for the Senate seat than Vainieri Huttle.