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Bergen County Clerk John Hogan, second from left, at Yankee Stadium in September 2019.

Hogan endorses Johnson, Haider, Park in 37th district primary

By David Wildstein, March 22 2021 1:57 pm

Bergen County Clerk John Hogan has endorsed Gordon Johnson for State Senate in the 37th district, and Shama Haider and Ellen Park for Assembly.

“As a resident of District 37, you cannot miss Gordon Johnson. He’s in the community every day, present at every rally or event, and always welcoming to any concerned constituent,” said Hogan, the county’s top election official.  “I worked hard with him to ensure our Korean American neighbors could receive a ballot in their first language and I’ve long-supported his work to expand access to voting statewide, including the most recent expansion of vote-by-mail in New Jersey.”

Hogan is seeking re-election on the Bergen County Demcoratic organization line with Johnson, Haider and Park.

Johnson, the Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore, faces Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, in the June 8 primary.  The incumbent, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, is not seeking re-election.

Haider, a former Tenafly councilwoman, and Park a former councilwoman from Englewood Cliffs, face challenges from two Vainieri Huttle running mates: Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Council President Lauren Kohn Dayton.

“Together with Ellen Park and Shama Haider, there isn’t a more exciting, more inclusive, or more representative ticket in the entire State of New Jersey,” Hogan said. “I can’t wait for our county to make history in November.”

With no white men running for the legislature in the 37th district, any outcome will he historic: Johnson would be the first Black senator from Bergen and Huttle would be the third woman; Romney Rice would be the first Black woman in the Assembly, Haider the first Muslim and Pakistani American, and Park the first Korean American woman.

Hogan is expected to face Republican Bridget Kelly, a former aide to Assemblyman David Russo and Gov. Chris Christie, in the general election.

An earlier version of this story referred to Park as former Tenafly councilwoman.  She served in Englewood Cliffs. 

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