Two congressmen who represent Bergen County have endorsed Gordon Johnson for the Democratic State Senate nomination for Congress in the 37th legislative district.
Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) are the latest Democratic officials to take sides in a heated primary between two State Assembly members – Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle.
“There’s no better leader in our district 37 communities to help manage our fights for education funding, for environmental protection, for gun control, for criminal justice reform, and for equality than Gordon Johnson,” said Pascrell. “Throughout his career, Gordon Johnson has shown an unswerving sense of duty to our cities and towns. Gordon understands what it means to put working families first and that the government’s job is to protect our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Johnson and Vainieri Huttle are facing off for the seat of Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who is not seeking re-election after sixteen years in the State Senate and another twelve in the Assembly.
“Gordon Johnson has been unwavering in his commitment to the people of Bergen County,” Gottheimer said. “From his days in the Army reserves to his years as a first responder in the Englewood Police Department, from his commitment to social justice to his advocacy for vital infrastructure improvements, Gordon Johnson has always put his community and our country first.”
Gottheimer and Pascrell also endorsed former Tenafly Councilwoman Shama Haider and former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park for the two Assembly seats Johnson and Vainieri Huttle are vacating to run for the Senate.
“Gordon has been an invaluable ally in some of our most important fights in Washington and I am proud to endorse him for State Senate,” the three-term congressman said. “I can’t wait to see him, and his running mates, make history this November.”
Johnson, who is running on the organization line for the Senate seat, has the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Paul Juliano, and Weinberg.