Democratic State Senate candidate Gordon Johnson today delivered petitions with over 160 signatures to compete for the Bergen County Demcoratic organization line in the 37th district.
Johnson, the Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore, faces Assembly Deputy Speaker Valerie Vainieri Huttle for Loretta Weinberg’s Senate seat. Weinberg announced in January that she would not seek re-election.
The convention is scheduled for March 15.
The filing deadline to compete for the organization line is tomorrow.
Johnson has enough votes to win the Bergen Democratic convention, according to a New Jersey Globe tally of eligible voters.
Vainieri Huttle has until tomorrow to decide if she will proceed with her Senate bid – a move that will indicate a plan to run off the line in the June 8 primary election – or file for re-nomination to her Assembly seat.
“This run for State Senate is only possible because of the dedication of the men and women who spend their weeknights attending committee meetings and their Octobers knocking on doors,” said Johnson. “These are people committed to making their community and the lives of their neighbors better every single day and it’s only through their efforts that we will be able to achieve any of our democratic priorities such as, affordable housing, greater access to health and maternal care, criminal justice reform or full equality for our members of the LGBTQ community. I owe everything to them and their support through this process has meant the world to me.”
Six Democratic municipal chairs were quoted on a press release issued by Johnson: James Rotondo of Palisades Park, Lynne Hurwitz of Hackensack, Marcantonio Macri of Fort Lee, Paul Tomasko of Alpine, John M. Hogan of Northvale, and Michelle Rupar of Bogota.