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Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Gordon Johnson. (Photo: Gordon Johnson.)

Englewood councilmembers back Johnson for Senate

Vainieri Huttle has endorsement of city’s municipal chair

By Nikita Biryukov, January 21 2021 12:47 pm

More elected officials from Englewood came out to support Assemblyman Gordon Johnson’s (D-Englewood) bid to fill Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s (D-Teaneck) seat in the upper chamber Thursday.

“It’s simple, there is no better person to represent the residents of Englewood than Gordon Johnson. Gordon has spent his life in Englewood: he grew up here, raised his children here, served in our police department and represented us in the State Assembly for over 18 years,” Englewood’s council and Mayor Michael Wildes said in a joint statement. “Nobody has spent more time walking our city’s streets or speaking with our residents than Gordon and nobody has a greater understanding of what our community needs.”

The endorsements are the latest volley in an intra-party battle between Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), who is also seeking Weinberg’s seat.

Weinberg earlier this month announced she would not seek re-election this year after spending nearly three decades in the legislature.

The endorsements of Councilmembers Charles Cobb, Kenneth Rosenzweig, Michael Cohen, Judith Maron and Wayne Hamer add to Johnson’s tally at the convention.

Bergen County Democratic County Committee people who live in the 37th legislative district will vote on who gets the party line, not the council.

Englewood Democratic Municipal Chairman Phil Meisner endorsed Vainieri Huttle earlier this week.

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