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Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood). (Photo: New Jersey Assembly Majority Office.)

Leonia goes for Vainieri Huttle in Bergen Senate race

Vainieri Huttle, Johnson competing for open 37th district seat to succeed Loretta Weinberg

By David Wildstein, January 20 2021 9:57 am

Valerie Vainieri Huttle has won the endorsement of Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler, the backing of the local Democratic county committee, and all five members of the borough council in her bid for the Democratic State Senate nomination in the 37th district.

“One of Trenton’s most effective leaders, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle has worked tirelessly for the people of Leonia. We need Valerie’s leadership in Trenton,” Ziegler said.  “I am proud to support Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle for State Senate, I look forward to our continued work to deliver results for the residents of Leonia.”

Leonia has 12 votes at the Bergen County Democratic convention in March, which will award the organization line for Senate in a race between Vainieri Huttle and her Assembly colleague, Gordon Johnson.  The magic number to win the convention, if all seats are filled and all county committee member attend, is 132 of the 262 seats in the 37th district.

The longtime incumbent, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, announced her retirement last week.

Council President Pasquale Fusco, Councilman Bill Ziegler and Councilwomen Maureen Davis, Bernadette Flaim and Joanne Choi Terrell joined Ziegler in backing Vainieri Huttle.

“I am humbled to have the support of Mayor Zeigler and Leonia’s elected leaders. I look forward to our continued work together to fight for progress and change on behalf of our neighbors and constituents.”

Johnson has won endorsements from Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung, longtime Hackensack Democratic Municipal Chair Lynne Hurwitz, and Democratic leaders in Northvale and Cresskill.

Englewood Democratic Municipal Chair Meisner Phil Meisner has endorsed Vainieri Huttle.

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