Johnson's Journal - September 2016

Johnson’s Journal – September 2016 

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Deputy Speaker      

Never Forget 9/11                                                                                                 


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. 


Bergen County Annual Senior Picnic                                                                     


The Annual Senior Picnic held at Van Saun County Park is one of the largest and longest running senior events held in New Jersey. It is always a pleasure to join our senior residents, volunteers, and county leaders during this important event hosted by Bergen County Executive James T. Tedesco III, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department Human Services, Division of Senior Services.

Senior Freeze - Deadline on Oct. 17th!                                                                 The extended deadline to file an application for the 2015  (Senior Freeze) Property Tax Reimbursement is October 17th, 2016. This program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases on their principal residence. Please follow the link below to learn more about this important program.

Film Tax Credit                                                                                                       Before the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood, the motion picture industry got its start here in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Film production will help reinvigorate our economy and will create jobs.  Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and I working to bring film credits back to NJ. Here's how NJ's film Industry could thrive again! Read More!

New Jersey’s Anti-BDS Law

Untitled_design.pngWe condemn all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the global movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the people of Israel.

New Jersey is on the forefront of combatting the BDS movement. We were proud to sponsor the bill that prohibited New Jersey’s pension funds from investing in companies that are participating in the BDS movement. No longer will state resources be helping the enemies of Israel.

New Jersey and Israel are intertwined culturally and economically. We must continue to take actions to nurture our special relationship with Israel in the face of the economic threats and harm posed by the BDS movement 

New Jersey stands with Israel against global intolerance and anti-Semitism. The BDS movement is an obstacle to achieving peace and security in this volatile region. The movement serves only to inflame tensions that stand in the way of diplomatic progress and a lasting cessation of hostilities.

Christie's Veto of Smart Gun Bill – Shameful!                                                     Our bill modernized our law by expanding consumer access to personalized handguns, and it is a reasonable approach to improving gun safety in our state, especially for children. The governor’s veto statement is alarmingly replete with right-wing political talking points and grandstanding.  This bill was a start toward making our streets safer, particularly in our urban areas, but sadly, Gov. Christie as once again put his political ambitions above the public safety of New Jersey residents. That’s shameful!                                                     

Thanking Law Enforcement Heroes!

In the hours that followed the bombings that rocked New York City and New Jersey, our brave men and women in law enforcement got to work apprehending the suspected terrorist.  In Linden, NJ, after a violent shootout, two heroic police officers caught the man, who was wanted for these senseless acts that injured dozens of our citizens.

Officers Angel Padilla and Peter Hammer were injured during the exchange of gunfire and as they recover, we recognize and salute their heroism and say – Thank You!  

Legislative Bills/Work:                                                                                           blue_good.png

Assembly Bill A-3773.

This bill permits establishments that previously held a cigar bar or lounge exception from the indoor smoking ban, but had the exception lapse following a period of temporary closure, to be able to reestablish the exception upon reopening.

To qualify for the exception, the cigar bar or lounge is required to meet certain structural and ventilation requirements; in the calendar year ending December 31, 2004, and each year thereafter, have generated 15% or more of its total annual gross income from the sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors; and not have expanded or changed size since December 31, 2004.  The cigar bar or lounge is additionally required to register with the local board of health.

This bill revises the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act” to permit cigar bars and lounges with a lapsed exemption from the prohibition against indoor smoking to renew that exemption under certain circumstances.                   blue_good.png Assembly Bill A-1641

Requires electric public utilities to provide priority power restoration to certain medical facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. 

This bill requires the Board of Public Utilities to adopt rules and regulations requiring an electric public utility to provide priority power restoration following an extended power outage to: 1) hospitals; 2) nursing homes; 3) assisted living facilities; 4) chronic or acute renal dialysis facilities; and 5) clinical or research laboratories or institutes that store human blood, other human tissue, or human DNA.

Any priority power restoration efforts to the above facilities are not to divert efforts to restore power where needed to otherwise maintain overall public safety.

blue_good.pngAssembly Bill A-3744    

The nation’s overdose deaths related to heroin and opioid addiction have increased dramatically in recent years, and in New Jersey, the overdose death rate is currently three times the national rate.  In an effort to increase access to treatment for heroin and opioid addiction, certain law enforcement departments in New Jersey and in other jurisdictions have worked with community professionals and volunteers to provide additional support to those who need it.

This bill provides for the establishment of these law enforcement assisted addiction and recovery programs in law enforcement departments throughout the State.  By increasing access to treatment without fear of arrest or law enforcement action, these law enforcement assisted addiction and recovery programs have helped a number of people suffering from substance abuse obtain the treatment they need.

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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 Deputy Speaker.  He is the Chair of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, member of the Budget Committee.

Paid for by Johnson for Assembly.  Jeffrey Richardson, Treasurer. PO Box 971, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Produced in house






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