Johnson's Journal - September 2016

Johnson’s Journal – September 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker      

Never Forget 9/11                                                                                                 

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Sept. 11th is a solemn day of service and reflection. As we mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we honor and remember those who perished in the attacks on our country. We recall the enduring strength and courage of those who sacrificed all, in the service of others. 

 

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Johnson's Journal July/August 2016

Johnson’s Journal – July/August 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Vice-Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Member, Budget Committee

Hillary: #ImWithHer

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As Hillary Clinton walked on to that stage and accepted the nomination for President of the United States she stepped into history. I couldn’t be more proud that my daughter and all Americans got to see Hillary’s profound accomplishment. The 2016 Democratic National Convention was transformational, a truly “Herstory” making event. Secretary Clinton’s success transcends gender, her example is an inspiration, not just for women, but for everyone.

Her leadership has advanced a campaign that is inclusive and centered on the unifying progress we make collectively when we work together. Her understanding of the complex issues we face as a country and her global insight makes her uniquely qualified to be our Commander-in-Chief.  Her voice speaks for us all – our values, our principles - our story.  I’m with Her!

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Johnson's Journal May/June 2016

Johnson’s Journal – May/June 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Vice-Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Member, Budget Committee

Budget: EOF funding Update:

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Increasing access to higher education and job training that leads to a high-paying job - is a top priority.  As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I’m standing up to administration’s budget proposal that would cut New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Funds by more than 6%.  EOF programs are an important lifeline for our students pursuing the dream of earning a degree.  These essential programs bring tutoring, counseling and vital support to students and families who are facing economic hardship.   The future of a community and the success of our children should not be defined by current financial difficulty.  This generation and the next, hold the promise of what is possible in New Jersey, we cannot let them down!

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Johnson's Journal - April 2016

Johnson’s Journal – April 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

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

 

Let's Get This Done, Governor

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Atlantic City residents are counting on the Governor to do the right thing here. Enough of the tough talk and the political grandstanding, let's meet at the table and figure out what is best for Atlantic City. We cannot leave the voice of public employees and city residents out of this discussion. As the members of legislature and the Governor, it is our obligation to look at all sides of an issue and take necessary action in the best interest of citizens of New Jersey. No more stalling.

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Johnson's Journal - March 2016

Johnson’s Journal – March 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Vice-Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Member, Budget Committee

#CleanWater        

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Serious questions have been raised about the quality of drinking water in cities across our country.  We simply cannot allow the presence of lead in the water to become an unmanaged public safety threat that puts the community at risk.  I'll be joining my colleagues in introducing legislation aimed at protecting our children by requiring that all schools, every school building - public and private, have their water regularly tested for lead in drinking water.

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Johnson's Journal February 2016

Johnson’s Journal – February 2016

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.

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

Thank you!

It’s with tremendous appreciation that I say thank you to the voters of District 37 for their support.  As we start a new term in Trenton, it has never been more important to use our voices to continue fighting to improve the quality of life for our hard-working families.  With a renewed commitment, I will keep working to re-invigorate our state’s economy to create quality jobs and to enrich economic opportunity in our community.

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  Smart Guns – Common Sense!

U.S. children and teens are 32 times more likely to die from a gun homicide and 10 times more likely to die from a gun suicide or a gun accident than all their peers in the other high income countries combined. This is why, after a gubernatorial veto, I have once again introduced A4717 the “Smart Gun” legislation.smart_guns2.png

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Johnson's Journal June/July 2015

Johnson’s Journal – June/July 2015 
From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.
Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Vice-Chairman, Judiciary Committee
Member, Budget Committee

 

Priorities.

      As we passed the recent budget, I fought to bring the needs of our community to the forefront.  In New Jersey’s current economic climate, there were many challenges, and no easy choices.  It was an opportunity to prioritize and give a voice to the critical issues facing our state.

     I was proud to stand up for middle-class families by presenting a balanced and fair budget that fully funds the New Jersey pension plan.  A budget that supports women’s health initiatives and well-being, so that screening, prevention and diagnosis are never out of reach.  A budget that values the success of disadvantaged students pursing a dream of higher education. 

     We are stronger as a nation because of the work of great teachers and our public school system. This makes fully funding New Jersey’s pension plan, a top priority.  We cannot wish away or turn our back on our obligation to our educators, public employees and our retirees.  A budget reflects our priorities.
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Johnson's Journal - May/June 2015

Johnson’s Journal – May/June 2015                                                                                         From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.  

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

Thoughts & Prayers…

I would like to offer my condolences to the families of the victims of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that derailed north of Philadelphia, on the evening of May 12th. This tragedy took the lives of eight individuals and injured hundreds more. My thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this derailment. In their memory and on behalf the residents of our community, I will continue to fight for enhanced rail safety and modernization. Increased funding for new rail infrastructure is an important part of a larger rail strategy to meet our national transportation needs.

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Johnson Journal April 2015

Johnson’s Journal – April 2015 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker.                                                                                                    with Thing One and Thing Two…

Read Across America (Dr Seuss Day) March 2015.

     Recently, I joined parents, teachers, and community leaders from coast-to-coast, taking a turn wearing the stovepipe hat made famous by The Cat in the Hat.   Launched in 1998, by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is a multi-generational connection between parents and children, bringing the joy of story telling to young readers.  Getting our students excited about reading at home will lead to greater success in school and strengthen reading skills.  Sharing a story can be rewarding reading experience for grown-ups, students, and legislators! 

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Johnson Questions Christie's Proposed Funding Cuts

Johnson Questions Christie’s Proposed Funding Cut for Higher Education Assistance for Disadvantaged Students.

(Trenton) - Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen) on Wednesday questioned the Christie administration's decision to cut funding for higher education assistance for disadvantaged students in the proposed FY 2016 budget during a hearing before the Assembly Budget Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton.

Gov. Christie has proposed cutting Educational Opportunity Funding (EOF) by $1.6 million, or 3.9 percent, for the FY 2016 budget. New Jersey's EOF program was created by law in 1968 to ensure meaningful access to higher education for those who come from disadvantaged economic and educational backgrounds by providing supplemental financial aid to help cover college costs, as well as a wide-array of campus-based support services.

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