Two influential unions put their influence behind Assemblyman Gordon Johnson’s (D-Englewood) State Senate bid Thursday.
The United Service Workers Union and the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council each announced they were backing Johnson over Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) in the fight to fill Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s seat in the upper chamber.
“Assemblyman Johnson has been an unwavering supporter of working families and a champion for the people of his district for more than 20 years and we at USWU are sure he will continue to be District 37’s champion as a State Senator,” USWU President Lori Ann Ames said.
Johnson is seeking Weinberg’s seat on the Bergen County line. Vainieri Huttle initially sought the line but chose to run in the primary off-the-line after it became clear she could not win at Bergen County Democrats’ convention.
The intraparty contest has steered clear of attacks between the two running mates, though there accusations of organizational favoritism leveled by Vainieri Huttle over the convention process raised tensions between some high-ranking Democrats there.
Mostly, the battle has been fought through endorsements.
“As we begin our collective economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever before that we have representatives in Trenton who fight for the economic development initiatives and job-creating projects and programs that Bergen County needs and puts our members to work,” said Rick Sabato, president of the Bergen County construction union. “Gordon Johnson has demonstrated time and again that he will be that strong voice of advocacy for our members and their families that we need in the state senate. We are proud to lend him our enthusiastic support.”