Johnson Delivers Committee Signatures to DCBC, Municipal Chairs Lend Support
Bergen County, NJ – In an overwhelming display of support, Gordon M. Johnson delivers his petition to be a Democratic candidate for the State Senate (LD-37) to the Democratic Committee of Bergen County (DCBC) with over 160 signatures from 11 different municipalities.
“This run for State Senate is only possible because of the dedication of the men and women who spend their weeknights attending committee meetings and their Octobers knocking on doors,” said Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, now an official candidate in the DCBC convention. “These are people committed to making their community and the lives of their neighbors better every single day and it’s only through their efforts that we will be able to achieve any of our democratic priorities such as, affordable housing, greater access to health and maternal care, criminal justice reform or full equality for our members of the LGBTQ community. I owe everything to them and their support through this process has meant the world to me.”
In the process of gathering signatures, Johnson said he was astounded by the support of the party that’s given him the opportunity to serve the people of Bergen County for all his years in office.
“Representing District 37 in the State Assembly has been the honor of a lifetime,” Johnson continued. “Since I announced my intention to run for State Senate, I’ve received an outpouring of support and encouragement from both within our district and across the State of New Jersey. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to become your State Senator and the first Black Senator to represent Bergen County.”
In addition, many municipal chairs in Legislative District-37 lent strong statements of support for Johnson’s historic run for State Senate.
“Assemblyman Johnson made history in Bergen County by becoming its first Black Sheriff. Now, he has the chance to do it again by becoming the first Black person to represent Bergen County in the State Senate,” said James Rotundo, Chair of the Palisades Park Democrats. “At every level, Johnson has proven to be a strong, effective and selfless advocate for our communities and I look forward to seeing what he will accomplish for us in the Legislature’s upper house.”
“From his tours in the military, to his years in the Sheriff’s office, to his nearly two decades in the State Assembly, Johnson epitomizes the very best in public service,” said Lynne Hurwitz, Chair of the Hackensack Democrats. “There are few people who have put as much time or energy into serving this district and I am proud to support him in his run for Senate.”
“It is an honor to be able to support Assemblyman Johnson in his bid for the New Jersey State Senate,” said Marcantonio Macri, Chair of the Fort Lee Democrats. “Not only am I confident that he is a terrific candidate, but I know, if elected, he will represent Bergen County and the rest of New Jersey diligently and with the utmost integrity – because he’s done just that for his entire life.”
“I am proud to support Assemblyman Johnson in his upcoming run for State Senator,” said Paul Tomasko, Mayor of Alpine and Chair of the Alpine Democrats. “Johnson has been devoted to public service his whole life and there is no doubt in my mind that Johnson would continue to be an excellent representative for our district in the State Senate.”
“Gordon has accomplished a tremendous amount for Bergen County in the State Assembly and I am certain he will continue to do even greater work as a State Senator,” said John M. Hogan, Northvale Councilman and Chair of the Northvale Democrats. “Johnson has the experience needed to clearly and effectively navigate the chambers of the upper house and I am proud to support him in his run to become the Senator of District 37.”
“Assemblyman Johnson has been a staple District 37’s community for decades, and I am proud to support him in his State Senate campaign,” said Michelle Rupar, Chair of the Bogota Democrats. “He has always responded to the needs of our residents, and I know he will continue to be a strong advocate for District 37 in the Senate Chambers.”
The DCBC convention is set for March 15, 2021 and will be held virtually.
To be eligible for the DCBC convention, a candidate must acquire 30 signatures from committee members and/or elected officials in at least five different municipalities. Johnson’s petition contains signatures from 11 of the 13 municipalities in District 37 – one of which, Rockleigh, does not have DCBC members.