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Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung, left, with Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Gordon Johnson. (Photo: Chris Chung.)

Korean American local officials back Johnson

By David Wildstein, January 26 2021 9:13 am

In a legislative district where Korean population has exploded over the last 20 years, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson has won endorsements from 15 current and former elected officials of Korean descent for his bid to become the Democratic candidate for State Senator.

The list is led by Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung, who entered the race to fill an open State Assembly seat in the 37th district on Monday, and includes four other councilmen: Paul Kim, JongChul Lee, Jae Park and Andy Min.  All five had previously announced their support of Johnson.

Fort Lee Councilmen Paul Yoon and Peter Suh, Tenafly Councilman Daniel Park, former Englewood Councilwoman Gloria Oh, and former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park also joined the list of endorsers.

From outside the 37th, four Korean American local officials are also backing Johnson:  Dumont Councilman Jimmy Chae, Closer Councilwoman Jannie Chung, Oradell Councilwoman Miriam Yu, and Ridgefield Councilman Dennis Shim.

“We are proud of our diversity in Bergen County and we are excited to have the opportunity to send a person who represents and understands our values and ideals to the State Senate. This is a great day for our community,” the officials said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “Assemblyman Johnson has been a steadfast figure in our community; enjoying our foods, sharing our stories, learning our language and immersing himself in our culture.  He has worked tirelessly to protect and fight for our rights in the Assembly and we look forward to his continued efforts in the Senate.”

Johnson faces Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle for the seat of retiring State Sen. Loretta Weinberg.

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