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Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung, left, with Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Gordon Johnson. (Photo: Chris Chung.)

Chung, Palisades Park Dems all-in on Johnson Senate bid

By David Wildstein, January 18 2021 3:28 pm

Palisades Park Democrats moved solidly into Gordon Johnson’s camp today with endorsements for the 37th district Senate seat from Mayor Christopher Chung, along with the entire borough council, Democratic municipal chairman and the full Democratic county committee.

“We wholeheartedly believe that he is the strongest and best candidate for New Jersey Senate D-37 and we are proud to endorse him,” they said.

The move puts 18 votes from Palisades Park into Johnson’s column as he seeks party support to succeed retiring Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.

“Assemblyman Johnson is a champion for the 37th district to help move bold, progressive efforts in the legislature to keep New Jersey leading on climate change, economic equality, support for working families, cultural diversity, and civil rights,” the Democrats said in an endorsement statement.

Chung was joined by the six Democrats on the council: Cynthia Pirrera, JongChul Lee, Andy Min, Jae K. Park, Chong Paul Kim and Michael Vietri.

The Democrats praised Johnson for his service during more than 20 years in the legislature, suggesting that he will “continue his tradition of working, listening to the district, and acting as a strong representative voice for all of us.”

“He will continue to fight for all Bergen County families, especially during this pandemic, he will continue to fight for an economic recovery that touches every resident and local businesses,” the Democratic officials said.

Chung and the Democratic leaders also praised Weinberg’s service to the state.

“Senator Weinberg was an iconic leader who showed compassion for advocating for the Bergen County residents, seniors, veterans, and minorities during her tenure,” they said. “And it is Gordon who will continue that legacy and move it to even bolder and better places.”

Weinberg announced last week that she will not seek re-election to the Senate and will leave the legislature when he current term ends next January.

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