Assemblyman and Englewood City Councilman Gordon Johnson today answered Bergen County Democratic Organization Chairman Joseph Ferriero’s call for him to step down from one of his offices with one word: “No.”
Ferriero has been criticizing Johnson, who’s a member of a rival faction of the party, for holding two offices while simultaneously calling on a more thorough dual office-holding ban as part of a series of reforms that he and his running mates, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, hope to push through Trenton.
Johnson said that he only ran for council after being approached by a group of concerned citizens to bolster the majority of members who are not aligned with Ferriero, and pledged that he would only serve one three year term, which expires in two years.Read More >
Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero wants Gordon Johnson to "heed is own advice" and decide if he wants to serve in the State Assembly or on the Englewood Council. Johnson, a Democrat, called for the elimination of dual officeholding at a government reform press conference this week.
“I am calling on the Assemblyman and the Councilman to lead by example and follow his own suggestion,” Ferriero said in a letter to Johnson. “Without the action to back it up, Gordon’s plan amounts to little more than a lecture to the people of the 37th District to ‘Do as I say…not as I serve."
Johnson and his running mates, State Sen. Loretta Weinbeg and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, recently offered a five-point plan aimed at ‘cleaning up New Jersey.’ The plan calls for eliminating potential conflicts in the legislature by eliminating dual office holding and requiring that those who serve in the Senate or Assembly hold ‘legislator’ as their sole means of employment.Read More >
It not really about the “generous gift beneath the tree” as the Ledger headline suggested in its story about State Senator Ellen Karcher’s property being assessed as farmland (Oct. 5, 2007). It’s really about so much more.
Let’s start with the issue of Farmer Ellen’s incomplete financial disclosure: $515 in annual farm income may not be much to make hay about. That’s all the gross agricultural sales it takes for a seven acre property to qualify for the property tax reduction under State tax law. Still, the legislature’s financial disclosure statement does require all income be reported.Read More >
If you long for the good old days of 2006, when you could watch Bob Menendez beat up on Tom Kean, Jr., you can no longer go back to Menendez's old campaign website, www.menendez2006.com. The firm that Menendez paid to run his site, Plus Three, is using the Menendez domain to develop a campaign website of a fictional congressional candidate named Elizabeth Jones.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.Read More >
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
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