Johnson's Journal - Fall 2018

Johnson’s Journal – Fall 2018

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Protecting Houses of Worship & Schools

Elected officials introduce new legislation to protect houses of worship. New York Assemblyman Walter Mosley, New Jersey Assemblyman Gordon Johnson the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and interfaith ministers, joined by elected officials, stood together to denounce the hateful acts of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh that targeted the Jewish community.

Assemblyman Mosley and Assemblyman Johnson also announced the introduction of legislation in their respective states to strengthen penalties against those who attack houses of worship.

I am proud to work with my colleague across the river on similar legislation in New Jersey. This tragedy requires a regional response to enhance public safety within our religious institutions. No one should have to practice their faith under the threat of violence because of their religious beliefs. 

As a former Bergen County Sheriff, I know that the safety and well-being of the community is a top priority. We cannot allow anti-Semitism and hate to take hold in our great state. We cannot permit intolerance to fuel gun violence in New Jersey. In Trenton, I will proudly co-sponsor A4597 to double the amount of security aid non-public schools will receive. Keeping children safe is our first responsibility

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Johnson's Journal - August 2018

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Johnson Calls For Reforms At Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson called for reforms to the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department in light of a scathing report issued by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office following an eight-month investigation.

Now more than ever, the public needs to have faith in their law enforcement officers. When that trust is systematically and repeatedly violated by a police department, there needs to be serious repercussions. The report of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the behavior of this department clearly show that the Palisades Interstate Park Commission does not have the ability to properly oversee, and direct a law enforcement agency. Therefore, I will be asking my colleagues in the legislature to join in making legislative changes to the broken chain of command between the PIP Park Commission and the PIP Police Department.

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Johnson's Journal - June 2018

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development

Committee Member Judiciary Committee, Member Budget Committee

Johnson Elected Speaker Pro Tempore

I would like to thank Speaker Craig Coughlin and my colleagues for the prestigious honor of being elected as the Speaker Pro Tempore. We have made great strides in New Jersey over the years for the simple reason that we continue to keep and address the issues that are most critical to New Jersey citizens at the forefront of the work we do. I look forward to working with the Speaker and the members of the Assembly on an agenda that will continue to move New Jersey forward. I pledge to work with each and every one of you. My door is always open.

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Johnson's Journal - February 2018

Johnson’s Journal – February 2018

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Member, Judiciary Committee, Member, Budget Committee

We Need Action, not just thoughts and prayers

It is long past the time for Congress to act on common sense gun safety legislation to keep our school kids, and our country safe. Assault weapons like the AR-15 have long been banned in New Jersey, but we are taking additional steps to prevent gun violence. I am a sponsor of bills to limit magazines to 10 rounds, require the sale of smart guns that can only be used by their legal owner, and prohibit the sale of ammunition to criminals, among others.                                                                                      

The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was preventable, and if we do not act and do everything in our power to protect our children, we will have failed at our most basic responsibility.

There is no reason for someone to own an AR-15. These are weapons of war that are designed to do one thing, kill, and they do so with great efficiency. We need to ban the sale of AR-15’s in the United States.

In District 37 we have taken the lead in sponsoring gun safety legislation and we have acted where officials at the federal level have not. We will keep fighting to keep New Jersey’s gun laws among the strictest in the nation.

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Johnson's Journal - Winter 2017

Johnson’s Journal – Winter 2017

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

Vice-Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Member, Budget Committee

Victory 2017 - Thank you!  

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I would like to say thank you to all the voters and everyone who worked so hard to make our campaign such a success. This race has always been about you and what we can accomplish together to improve the quality of life in District 37, and across our great State. On election night, I joined our next Governor Phil Murphy, and Lt. Governor-Elect Sheila Oliver in celebration of Victory 2017. Again, thank you to the voters and congratulations to everyone who played a part in this important victory.

 

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Johnson's Journal - Fall 2017

Johnson’s Journal – Fall 2017 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

A Time for Action

Following the deadliest shooting in modern US history, the time for all elected officials to take action has long since passed. With 59 dead and over 500 wounded, we need to urgently pass common sense gun safety legislation.  As a former Sheriff, I have always made the health, safety, and wellness of our residents my top priority.  As your Assemblyman, I have crafted important gun safety legislation to help keep our children and families safe from plague of gun violence.  Sadly, time and time again, these significant measures have not been signed into law by the Governor.  With every ounce of my heart and soul, I will continue to fight to help keep our community and our children safe. We must take action.

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Johnson's Journal - Summer 2017

Johnson’s Journal – Summer 2017

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

A Budget Reflects Our Priorities

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Statement from Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson on Passage of State Budget:

A budget reflects our priorities. Though it is unfortunate that our state government shut down, I will not stop fighting for what is important. The truth is that without the Horizon bill, the Governor would have vetoed $350 million in funding for important programs such as: 

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Johnson's Journal - Spring 2017

Johnson’s Journal – Spring 2017

Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

I Stand with the JCC!                                                                                             

 I wrote the legislation that would strengthen the law against a person who initiated a false public alarm, such as bomb threats, by adding the crime to the list of crimes under the state's bias intimidation law. 

The recent incidents occurring in this state and across the country have raised numerous concerns for the safety of our Jewish community centers and synagogues. Making bomb threats is a crime that uses up valuable resources in our communities. These acts of hate and anti-Semitism must not go overlooked.                                                                                                                   JCC2.png We must do everything in our power to stand up to the hate and anti-Semitism that has spread across our country, our state, and threatens our community here at home.

I have not forgotten what happened during the 1960s when we had hate crimes going on which involved the bombing of black churches and the burning of crosses. This measure is intended to protect our synagogues, churches, mosques and JCCs from bias intimidation such as a bomb threat.

This bill will increase the penalties for anyone who makes a bomb threat against an individual or group of individuals to be intimidated because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity.

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Johnson's Journal - February 2017

Johnson’s Journal – February 2017 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Vice-Chairman, Judiciary Committee
Member, Budget Committee

We Stand United Against Trump’s Agenda!  

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We stand united in District 37!  Our diverse community values acceptance and condemns the Trump administration’s immigration policy and callous attitude towards the funding of health initiatives, like Planned Parenthood.  In response to the unconscionable actions of the new administration, protests have taken place in Englewood, Leonia, and Teaneck during the President’s first week in office.   I will keep fighting in the Statehouse to protect the diverse families of our community and stand up to Trump’s reckless and un-American agenda.  
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Johnson's Journal - October 2016

Johnson’s Journal – October 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker                                                         

Rosh Hashanah – L’Shana Tova                                                                                             Screen_Shot_2016-10-26_at_1.31.36_PM.png

 On behalf of District 37, I would like to send all who celebrate, warm wishes for a happy and healthy Rosh Hashanah, a good New Year!  During this High Holiday season in October, I extended to all who observed Yom Kippur, my wishes for an easy and meaningful fast. 

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