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{{TOCnestright}}'''Gordon M. Johnson''' (b. December 16, 1949) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 37.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2001..  He previously served as [[State Assembly Majority Conference Leader|Majority Conference Leader]].
{{TOCnestright}}'''Gordon M. Johnson''' (b. December 16, 1949) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 37.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2001.  He previously served as [[State Assembly Majority Conference Leader|Majority Conference Leader]].

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Gordon Johnson
New Jersey General Assembly District 37
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 13
Majority Conference Leader
Deputy Majority Conference Leader
2010 - 2012
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSaint Thomas Aquinas College
Master'sSeton Hall University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service30
Date of birth12/16/1949
Place of birthEnglewood, NJ
ProfessionConsultant, Law Enforcement
Office website
Gordon M. Johnson (b. December 16, 1949) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2001. He previously served as Majority Conference Leader.


Johnson earned his B.S. in Social Science from St. Thomas Aquinas College and his Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. Johnson served in United States Army Reserve attaining the rank of Major.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Johnson worked as Undersheriff of Bergen County (1999-2001, 2002-2005), Sheriff of Bergen County (2001-2002), and Police Officer/Sergeant with the Englewood Police Department (1974-1999).[1]

Committee assignments



Assemblyman Johnson speaking at a public hearing

  • A100 Creates "The 2009 New Jersey Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project Act."
  • A176 Requires criminal history background check for certain persons working at schools.
  • A177 Requires development and distribution of curriculum guidelines on Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • A198 Requires local government officer to file financial disclosure statement within 30 days of taking office.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Johnson's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked his top priorities, he said:

I plan to continue to fight for sorely needed increased transportation infrastructure improvements in New Jersey despite this being a low priority to the Republican Congress and White House. I also plan to continue working toward improvement in the Homeland Security Readiness in New Jersey as we are one of the most at risk state but receive comparatively little in federal funding.[3]


Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to "retire," start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of April 2015 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[4]
Johnson was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Johnson receives a $75,492 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Bergen County.[4]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Johnson ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 37. Johnson is bracketed with Valerie Vainieri Huttle. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Stephanie Shellenberger (R), Gino Tessaro (R), and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5] [6]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Huttle won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Valerie Vainieri Huttle ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary. They then defeated Keith Jensen, Gregory Aslanian, and Julian Heicklen in the November 8 general election.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 37 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Vainieri Huttle Incumbent 34.1% 22,062
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGordon Johnson Incumbent 33.8% 21,839
     Republican Keith Jensen 15.7% 10,150
     Republican Gregory John Aslanian 15.4% 9,929
     Libertarian Julian Heicklen 1% 675
Total Votes 64,655


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Johnson received 34,555 votes (35%), defeating Republican challengers Barry Bellin and Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz.[8] He was bracketed with Valerie Vainieri Huttle.


New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Seventh Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gordon M. Johnson (D) 32,845
Green check mark transparent.png Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D) 32,440
Barry Bellin (R) 16,266
Wojciech Siemaszkiewcz (R) 15,635

Campaign donors


In 2011, Johnson received $126,630 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gordon Johnson's campaign in 2011
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
New Jersey Education Association$5,000
Electrical Workers Local 164$3,000
Allied Beverage Group$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $126,630
Total Votes received in 2011 21,839
Cost of each vote received $5.8


Below are Johnson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[11]

Contributor 2009 total
Dressel, Richard $8,200
New Jersey Liquor Stores Alliance $3,000
New Jersey Education Association $3,000
Maloney, Michael K $2,700
Real Bergen Democratic Association $2,268



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Johnson and his wife, Jacqueline, have three children.

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