Johnson earned his B.S. in Social Science from St. Thomas Aquinas College and his M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. His professional experience includes working as Undersheriff of Bergen County from (1999-2001, 2002-2005), Sheriff of Bergen County from 2001 to 2002 and Police Officer/Sergeant with the Englewood Police Department from 1974 to 1999. Johnson served in United States Army Reserve attaining the rank of Major.
At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:
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.
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."
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 January 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.
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.
New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Seventh Legislative District (2009)
Gordon M. Johnson (D)
Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)
Barry Bellin (R)
Wojciech Siemaszkiewcz (R)
Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $677,823 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.