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Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood.)

Buoyed by union dollars, Johnson team takes fundraising edge in 37th district

By Nikita Biryukov, June 07 2021 11:05 am

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) and his Assembly running mates have the fundraising edge in the 37th legislative district after a swell of large-dollar donations from unions, reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show.

A joint committee for Johnson and running mates Shama Haider and Ellen Park raised $183,237 between May 8 and May 25. Four donations from political action committees run by Operating Engineers Local 825, UA Plumbers Local 24, IBEW Local 164 and the Carpenters Union totaling $95,900 accounted for more than half of that money.

The joint committee had $198,355 left in its war chest, adding to the $8,800 in Johnson’s personal account. The assemblyman reported raising $10,333 on his own. Haider and Park did not file individual disclosures.

Despite an early fundraising lead, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), who is running against Johnson to succeed Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), saw her fundraising plummet in 11-day pre-primary reports filed with ELEC.

She reported raising $28,652 in the most recent filing, with her and Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Councilwoman Lauren Kohn Dayton’s joint committee bringing in an additional $22,800.

Huttle had $168,776 left in her war chest, while the joint committee had $20,885 left on hand.

Romney Rice reported raising just $1,350 and had $4,450 remaining in her account. Kohn Dayton fared only slightly better, raising $1,900. She had $3,058 left in her war chest.

Johnson and his running mates are running on the Bergen County Line, while Huttle’s team is mounting an off-the-line campaign.

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