Johnson's Journal - December 2020

Johnson’s Journal – December 2020

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Perspectives on Racial Injustice and Law Enforcement

As the first African-American Sheriff of Bergen County, a long-time Englewood police officer, and as your Assemblyman, I have always aimed to build bridges and build trust in the community.

The NJ General Assembly has passed a number of measures to confront the challenges in our law enforcement community, and we will continue to do so. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Englewood for putting together this important conversation about needed reforms and racial justice.

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Johnson's Journal - Winter 2020

Johnson’s Journal – Winter 2020

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Member, Judiciary Committee, Budget Committee

Black History Month

In February, we recognize the accomplishments of the African-American community across the United States and right here in New Jersey.

Black History Month is our time to attempt to calculate the limitless contributions that the black community has made and continues to make to the vitality, and promise of our great nation.

It is by communication and understanding that we can work together to solve the issues facing our community

We must remain focused on the goals of peace, harmony, tolerance and inclusion for everyone and maintain the same level of determination shown by those organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott or facing down police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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Johnson's Journal - June 2019

Johnson’s Journal – June 2019

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Thank you to District 37!

Thank you to the voters of District 37 for your continued support. It is an honor to represent you and serve as your Assemblyman.

Congratulations to those who were victorious in the primary election. I salute all of the candidates who participated and who put themselves out there to serve the public. Moving forward, I urge all Democrats to come together in unity as we look ahead to the general election in November.


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Johnson's Journal Winter 2019

Johnson’s Journal – Winter 2019

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore


 We Are Running Together in 2019


Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle announced that they are running together in 2019 to continue their fight to improve the quality of life for the working families they are proud to represent.

Their record of accomplishment is highlighted by groundbreaking legislation sponsored and signed into law including: raising the minimum wage, equal pay, paid sick leave, funding for women’s healthcare, gun-safety reforms, expanding protections for the LGBTQ community, and added security funding to ensure our schools and neighborhoods are safe.

The legislators have the support of Democratic elected officials in the 37th District as well as thousands of grassroots Democrats, progressive activists, and voters in every town they represent.

Together, they renew a commitment of service to the residents of District 37. Whether it is increasing economic opportunity to help reinvigorate New Jersey’s economy, or bringing urgent oversight reforms to NJ Transit to keep our commuters safe and on time, Johnson and Huttle will never back away from tackling the biggest challenges facing our state.


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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!  


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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