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Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood).

Hackensack councilman backs Johnson for Senate seat

By David Wildstein, February 08 2021 8:27 pm

Hackensack Councilman Leo Battaglia has endorsed Gordon Johnson for State Senate in the 37th district.

“As a council member for the past seven years, I’ve seen firsthand how Gordon Johnson leads in Trenton on issues that concern Hackensack residents,” Battaglia said.  “He is a true public servant, and I’m proud to offer my support and endorsement for his candidacy.”

Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who represent the district in the State Assembly, are vying for the seat Loretta Weinberg will vacate in January.  Weinberg, the Senate Majority Leader, announced last month that she would not seek re-election to the seat she’s held since 2004.

Johnson also picked up the backing of Gerald Carroll, a veteran educator who is running with Battaglia for city council in the May non-partisan municipal election.

“With racial justice issues at the forefront of the national discussion for the past several months, we need elected officials who understand how to tackle these issues and leaders that understand the urgency of this moment,” Carroll said.  “As an NAACP member in Hackensack, I’m proud to support his candidacy to become the first African American State Senator in Bergen County’s history. I look forward to partnering with him on all kinds of issues that affect our constituents in Hackensack, including promoting racial justice and inclusion for all.”

Battaglia and Carroll are running on a ticket with Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse.

Labrosse has already endorsed Johnson for the Senate seat.

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