Ferriero to Johnson: Quit

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.

Ferriero also renewed his call for the District 37 Democrats to say why their criticism of government legal fees didn’t include $12 million paid by government entities this year to DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Wisler, where Huttle’s husband is partner. The DeCotiis firm made nearly $200,000 in political contributions, Ferriero said.

Ferriero to Johnson: Quit