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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Historic Accomplishments in Trenton

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It is an important and historic moment for New Jersey as equal pay, earned sick leave, and gun safety measures advance in the Assembly and the Senate reaching the the Governor’s desk and signed into law. Thank you to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Bergen and Passaic Chapter and Southern New Jersey Chapter for their advocacy and leadership. Together, we will move NJ forward!

March For Our lives

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In the Assembly, we passed gun safety legislation to further protect our community and our kids from gun violence. These commonsense measures will limit ammunition magazine size, expand background checks, ban armor piercing bullets, and will keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who have been determined by mental health professionals to be a threat to themselves or others. These bills will go a long way to prevent gun violence in New Jersey, and I will continue to advocate for stronger laws to protect out community. 

Honoring service and sacrifice

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In Teaneck, we honored the brave service of Teaneck Resident, the late Army Master Sgt. William C. Witherspoon, who earned two Bronze Battle Stars among other metals that were never presented. I was proud to join with Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Col. John McGilchrest, Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, and Dr. Henry Pruitt in honoring William’s service. Standing with William’s family, we recognized his dedication to Teaneck and his life of service to our community.

Job Creation

As Chairman of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, I’m leading an important conversation to help re-invigorate our New Jersey economy. In 2016, I traveled to Germany (at my own expense), to join representatives from Select USA to participate in the Experience Composites conference to promote our great country and state.

This visit started a conversation that led to Jepson Power, an international manufacturer and distributor of power tools, committing to opening a sales location in Englewood with warehouse space nearby. It’s exciting to see my introduction take hold and a referral blossom into a lasting relationship that leads to job creation. I’m happy that Choose New Jersey was able to assist them in locating their business operations in New Jersey.

The story of our economy in the years to come will see innovation and technology flourish. It will include the growth of advanced manufacturing as we recognize sectors of our economy that are expanding in our State leading to the creation of quality high-paying jobs.

New Jersey is home to a strong educated workforce and is the perfect match for multi-national companies, major retailers and family businesses on Main Street. It is always a priority and a joy to promote our great state and it is a pleasure to welcome Jepson Power to our community.

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Johnson, Moriarty, Greenwald Bill Aimed at Incentivizing Media Production in New Jersey Heads to Governors Desk

Johnson film tax credit bill heads to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Gordon Johnson, Paul Moriarty and Lou Greenwald entitled the 'Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act' heads to the Governor’s desk. The bill (A-1038) provides a credit against the corporate business and gross income taxes for certain expenses incurred during the production of certain films and digital media content in New Jersey for the 2019 fiscal year up until and including the 2023 fiscal year.

"Not only will this bring more jobs and revenue to New Jersey through the increased number of films that will be shot here, but crew members will then eat, sleep, and do countless other things in our great state," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "This will help Main Street first and foremost."

Our effort to bring motion pictures back to NJ, makes us competitive with our neighbors. It also, keeps the motion picture rooted in the state where film production began, right in Fort Lee NJ – The Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry.

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Mukherji, Lampitt, Eustace, Lagana, Johnson & Downey Measure to Help Homeless Veterans Secure Housing Signed into Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Pamela Lampitt, Tim Eustace Joseph Lagana, Gordon Johnson and Joann Downey sponsored to help homeless veterans in New Jersey secure housing was signed into law.

The sponsors noted that New Jersey has among its homeless population an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 veterans, according to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

The new law (A-2098) will require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish and operate a project-based voucher pilot program under the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program for veterans and their families who are confronting homelessness or are residing in unsafe housing. 

The Section 8 Voucher Program assists in making safe and quality housing in the private rental market affordable to low, and very low-income households by reducing housing costs through direct rent subsidy payments to landlords. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The transition back to civilian life is difficult for many veterans, and being without a home makes it even harder,” said Johnson (D-Bergen), who served in the U.S. Army Reserve. “Getting veterans off the street and back on their feet must be a priority in New Jersey.”

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Gordon M. Johnson was elected by the people of the 37th District of Bergen County to the New Jersey State General Assembly in 2001.  Assemblyman Johnson serves in the position of Speaker Pro Tempore, Chair of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Budget Committee, and the Judiciary Committee.

Paid for by Johnson for Assembly. Jeffrey Richardson, Treasurer. PO Box 14, Tenafly, NJ 07670. Produced in house.

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