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Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood.)

Longshoremen’s union endorses Gordon Johnson

By David Wildstein, March 12 2021 9:18 am

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) has won the endorsement the International Longshoremen’s Association and the ILA New Jersey and New Jersey District Council as their candidate for the Democratic State Senate nomination.

“Our ILA members and their families not only work in New Jersey but live here as well and we know that Gordon Johnson will be a fighter for us in the New Jersey State Senate,” said union president Harold Daggett and executive vice president Dennis Daggett.

The union represents thousands of employees at ports in Newark, Elizabeth and Bayonne.

“In these exceptionally challenging times, Gordon Johnson has demonstrated the resolve we hope to see in our elected officials and has always distinguished himself as a true friend of organized labor,” Daggett and Daggett said.  “Assemblyman Johnson understands the unique economic needs surrounding the busiest port on the eastern seaboard and the men and women who make it work. Whether it’s standing up for port security or fighting to expand critical infrastructure to improve the maritime industry, Gordon Johnson has had our backs.”

Johnson faces Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) in the June 8 primary election for the seat of Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.  Weinberg is retiring at the end of her current term.

The Longshoremen’s union is flexing its muscle in the 2021 election.

Earlier this week, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that he was replacing Assembly Majority Whip Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) with William B. Sampson IV, a 32-year-old ILA leader and crane operator.

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