Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37) of Englewood posted the following statement on Facebook following Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s (D-37) retirement announcement at the end of her current term.
“As I announce my intention to become the next Senator from District 37, and the first Black Senator from Bergen County, I would like to take a moment to honor the years of public service that Senator Loretta Weinberg has shared with all of us. Her commitment and dedication to our community and the residents of our state has enriched all of our lives.
“I sincerely value her wisdom and our friendship over the past twenty years. I was privileged to work with Senator Weinberg on many groundbreaking bills, such as reinvigorating the film tax credit program, enhancing law enforcement accountability, and expanding DNA testing for the wrongfully convicted. We share a passion for advocating for Bergen County families, seniors, veterans and our most vulnerable.
“As Speaker Pro Tempore and Chair of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, 46 of the bills I sponsored were signed into law this session. I will continue to fight for Bergen County families, especially during this pandemic. We must not rest until each person has access to a vaccine, and we complete an economic recovery that touches every resident.
“I am asking the county committee and elected officials of District 37 to support my nomination to the State Senate. I have dedicated my life to public service as a police officer, combat veteran, Bergen County Sheriff, and Assemblyman. It would be an honor to continue to serve the residents of District 37 as your Senator.”