Gordon Johnson’s on a winning streak.
So when Gov. Phil Murphy visits Monmouth Park Racetrack on Thursday morning to place the first sports bet in New Jersey, he might want to listen to what the Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore has to say.
Johnson was the first legislator to endorse Murphy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, back in 2016 when Steve Fulop and Steve Sweeney were still in the race.
Then Johnson came out in support of Craig Coughlin for Assembly Speaker against incumbent Vincent Prieto. Prieto stripped Gordon of his Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee chairmanship. Johnson got the job back after Coughlin won, and also became the Speaker Pro-Tem after Jerry Green passed away.
In the most recent Democratic primary for Mayor of Johnson’s hometown, Englewood, the nine-term Assemblyman endorsed Michael Wildes. Wildes was running off the organization line and won the primary by a 2-1 margin.
So if Murphy is astute, he’ll bet on Sawyer’s Hill, Johnson’s pick the first race at Belmont Park.