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Jim Johnson: A Governor for All

Making sure all of our voices are heard is the only real way we can move our state forward.

Whether it is $5 or $100, your donation will ensure that all New Jersey residents have a stake in their government.

New Jersey deserves an economy that works for everyone – not just a privileged few. Jim is committed to ensuring economic progress is shared and felt by all, and that it is sustainable for our children and their children. This means investing in our infrastructure, supporting innovation and improving our schools and job training programs.

New Jersey needs to end the old-style Trenton politics of cutting insider deals with allies and punishing anyone who refuses to play ball. Crony politics has crippled our state for far too long—and it’s time for a new way of conducting the people’s business that includes and welcomes all New Jersey residents to have a stake in their government.

New Jersey’s strength comes from its neighborhoods, the cornerstones of our communities. But today, too many neighborhood needs have gone unheard and unmet by a state government more focused on currying favor with political insiders and special interests. Jim recognizes that for our lives together to improve, all of us will need to step up, and the governor will need to focus on making our communities vibrant so that families can thrive, not just survive, with better jobs, greater opportunity and excellent schools.

JIM’S STORY:

Four generations of Jim’s family have served New Jersey. That background forms the bedrock for Jim, who grew up in Montclair with his two siblings, his dad – a U.S. Marine – and his mom – a church organist and teacher. Over three decades of service to the public and in business, Jim has been tested and is prepared to clean up Trenton, open the door to people who’ve been ignored for too long, and bring real change to state government. Jim is running for governor to improve our schools, give all families a leg up and rebuild an economy that has crumbled along with its roads, bridges, water system and mass transit.

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03.27.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on Attorney General Jeff Session’s Threats Against Sanctuary Cities

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on Attorney General Jeff Session’s Threats Against Sanctuary Cities

Jim Johnson Statement on Attorney General Jeff Session’s Threats Against Sanctuary Cities Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Jim Johnson released the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Session’s threat to block sanctuary cities from receiving Department of Justice grants for state and local law enforcement: “Today, Attorney General…

03.23.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson to Hold Town Hall on Affordable Housing in Trenton

Press Release: Jim Johnson to Hold Town Hall on Affordable Housing in Trenton

Jim Johnson to Hold Town Hall on Affordable Housing in Trenton Trenton, NJ — On Saturday, March 25th, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson will host a town hall in Trenton. At the event, Johnson will release his proposal for affordable housing, which includes his plans to fix New Jersey’s foreclosure crisis and highest-in-the-nation property taxes. On…

03.23.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Sends OPRA Requests to County Board of Elections

Press Release: Jim Johnson Sends OPRA Requests to County Board of Elections

Jim Johnson Sends OPRA Requests to County Board of Elections Solicits Documents Regarding Processes for Positioning Gubernatorial Candidates on the Primary Ballot and Won’t Attend Remainder of Conventions Newark NJ—Today, lawyers on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson sent Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests to New Jersey’s twenty-one county Boards of Elections. The campaign…

03.20.17

ICYMI: Jim Johnson on MSNBC’s AM Joy Show with Joy-Ann Reid

ICYMI: Jim Johnson on MSNBC’s AM Joy Show with Joy-Ann Reid

Jim Johnson Appears on MSNBC’s AM Joy Johnson joins Joy-Ann Reid, Tom Perriello, and Andrew Gillum to discuss the state of the race in New Jersey and the progressive future of the Democratic Party

03.13.17

ICYMI: That Time Jim Johnson Was Mentioned on SNL | NJ.com’s The Auditor

ICYMI: That Time Jim Johnson Was Mentioned on SNL | NJ.com’s The Auditor

That time N.J. governor candidate Jim Johnson was mentioned on SNL NJ.com The Auditor 3/13/17 Jim Johnson, a Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor, had his first television campaign ad air during a commercial break from “Saturday Night Live” this weekend — but he isn’t a stranger to the long-running NBC sketch comedy show. Well, at least…

03.08.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on International Women’s Day

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on International Women’s Day

Jim Johnson Statement on International Women’s Day Newark, NJ — Today, New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson issued the following statement on International Women’s Day: “On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, reflect on the progress made, and recognize that there is much work left to do. “Across the country, women’s rights…

02.28.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on Governor Christie’s Final Budget Address

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on Governor Christie’s Final Budget Address

Jim Johnson Statement on Governor Christie’s Final Budget Address NEWARK, N.J. —  “For the past seven years, Governor Christie has ignored the needs of the people, resulting in both the highest property tax and foreclosure rates in the nation, one of the worst credit ratings in the country, and the third most segregated school system….

02.27.17

Press Release: Johnson Calls for State Budget to Reduce Educational Inequalities

Press Release: Johnson Calls for State Budget to Reduce Educational Inequalities

Johnson Calls on Governor Christie to Address Education Inequality in State Budget Highlights Four Areas Where Christie Should Expand Funding NEWARK, N.J. —  Today, Jim Johnson called on Governor Christie to address the issue of education inequality in his final budget address. With the third-most segregated public school system in the country, New Jersey has…

02.24.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on Pinelands Pipeline Approval

Press Release: Jim Johnson Statement on Pinelands Pipeline Approval

Jim Johnson Statement on Pinelands Pipeline Approval NEWARK, N.J. —  In response to today’s Pinelands pipeline approval, gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson released the following statement: “I strongly object to the development of the South Jersey Gas Pipeline – both because of its potential adverse effects on our environment and the undemocratic process used to push…

02.21.17

Press Release: Johnson Calls for Ban on Lobbying Governor’s Office by Campaign Staff and Consultants

Press Release: Johnson Calls for Ban on Lobbying Governor’s Office by Campaign Staff and Consultants

Johnson Calls for Ban on Lobbying Governor’s Office by Campaign Staff and Consultants Pledges to work to restore trust in state government and put the people’s interests over the powerful NEWARK, N.J. —  Jim Johnson today pledged to ban all of his campaign staff and consultants from lobbying the Governor’s office if he is elected,…

02.16.17

Press Release: Johnson Statement on Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers

Press Release: Johnson Statement on Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers

Jim Johnson Statement on Wave of Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers NEWARK, N.J. — In response to today’s CNN article about the wave of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers nationwide, gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson said: “The surge of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey and around the country is serious and…

02.16.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Releases Proposal for Ethics and Electoral Reform

Press Release: Jim Johnson Releases Proposal for Ethics and Electoral Reform

Jim Johnson Releases Proposal for Ethics and Electoral Reform Pledges to Clean up Trenton and Put Power Back in the Hands of the People  NEWARK, N.J. — Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson released his proposal for ethics and electoral reform in New Jersey. The release falls on the same day as the New Jersey…

02.10.17

Press Release: Johnson Campaign Calls Out Rigged System

Press Release: Johnson Campaign Calls Out Rigged System

Johnson Campaign Calls Out Rigged System Hyers Highlights NJ Democratic Party Chair’s Claim that Phil Murphy has all 21 County Lines Before Most Delegates Even Vote at Conventions  NEWARK, N.J. —  In an article today released by Politico profiling Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Johnson, State Democratic Chairman John Currie was quoted, saying, “In New Jersey,…

02.09.17

Press Release: Jim Johnson Asks Phil Murphy to Agree to Spending Cap in NJ Gov Race

Press Release: Jim Johnson Asks Phil Murphy to Agree to Spending Cap in NJ Gov Race

Jim Johnson Asks Phil Murphy to Agree to Spending Cap in NJ Gov Race Calls on Opponents to Commit to Progressive Values and Limit Spending to $15 Million in Primary Today, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Johnson called for a spending cap in the Democratic Primary for Governor.  In asking his opponents to agree to voluntarily…

02.09.17

Jim Johnson Asks Phil Murphy to Agree to Spending Cap in NJ Gov Race

Jim Johnson Asks Phil Murphy to Agree to Spending Cap in NJ Gov Race

Read Jim Johnson’s letter to Phil Murphy below calling on Murphy to agree to a $15 million dollar spending cap in the New Jersey Governor’s race.

02.08.17

Read: Jim Johnson’s New Jersey Immigration Council Plan

Read: Jim Johnson’s New Jersey Immigration Council Plan

As  Republicans in Congress and President Trump continue their assault on immigrant rights and work to reduce legal immigration and acceptance of refugees, New Jersey must take a stand and put measures in place to protect all of its residents. Yesterday, Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue announced that they want to cut legal…

01.25.17

Video: Jim’s Challenge to the Insiders

Video: Jim’s Challenge to the Insiders

Newark, NJ – Today, the Jim Johnson for Governor campaign released its first official campaign video. The 3 minute video, titled “Jim’s Challenge to the Insiders”, launches on the day of his office opening event in Newark. The video shows Johnson’s background and extensive resume, highlighting his New Jersey roots as a the son of…

01.12.17

Johnson for Governor Campaign Announces Senior Leadership Team and Campaign Staff

Johnson for Governor Campaign Announces Senior Leadership Team and Campaign Staff

Key positions include alumni who served President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Mayor Bill de Blasio Newark, NJ – Former U.S. Treasury Under Secretary and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson announced his run for Governor of New Jersey late last year, and has spent the last several weeks…

01.10.17

Man Versus Money and Machine

Man Versus Money and Machine

National Journal

Democratic party leaders want to anoint a wealthy ambassador as the next governor of New Jersey, but they’re overlooking one of the more compelling candidates of 2017. One of the Demo­crats run­ning to be­come the next gov­ernor of New Jer­sey is a former fed­er­al pro­sec­utor who went after or­gan­ized crime rings, an un­der­sec­ret­ary of the…

01.10.17

Little-known N.J. governor candidate says he reached key fundraising mark

Little-known N.J. governor candidate says he reached key fundraising mark

NJ Advance Media

TRENTON — Democrat Jim Johnson, considered a longshot candidate in this year’s race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor, announced this week that he’s raised enough money to qualify for matching state funds in his party’s primary election. Johnson, who served as an undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury Department under then-President Bill Clinton,…

12.22.16

Johnson Calls for End to Billions in Corporate Welfare Granted by Trenton and Demands Action on Foreclosure Crisis

Johnson Calls for End to Billions in Corporate Welfare Granted by Trenton and Demands Action on Foreclosure Crisis

Democrat Jim Johnson: With New Jersey Leading the Nation in Foreclosures, Trenton’s Massive Corporate Giveaway Must Be Undone. (Montclair, NJ) – Today, former U.S. Treasury Under Secretary and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson announced that he would, as governor, take immediate action to end excessive tax giveaways granted to big corporations, and focus on how…

12.20.16

While Income Inequality Worsens for New Jersey Working Families, Governor Christie and Lawmakers Enrich Themselves

While Income Inequality Worsens for New Jersey Working Families, Governor Christie and Lawmakers Enrich Themselves

Democrat Jim Johnson: “When I’m Governor, This Charade Ends.”   (Montclair, NJ) – Just days after an independent study revealed that income inequality in New Jersey has soared, Governor Christie and state lawmakers are preparing to pass a series of bills today that enrich themselves.   The study, published by the Center on Budget and…

12.20.16

On Book Deal, Gubernatorial Hopeful Comes Down on Both Parties

On Book Deal, Gubernatorial Hopeful Comes Down on Both Parties

PolitickerNJ

Amid the day-long backroom negotiating in Trenton over two bills that would enable New Jersey governor Chris Christie to cash in on a book deal by offering Democrats bumps in salary for certain legislative staff and government officials, a potential candidate to succeed the two-term Republican is criticizing both sides of the aisle. Jim Johnson,…

11.14.16

How New Jersey Will Reach Higher Ground

How New Jersey Will Reach Higher Ground

VIA MEDIUM.COM

The day after the Presidential election—two of our children, both teachers in their first year—reported how they spent much of the day consoling students worried about their parents being deported. For me personally, I had so wanted my mother, my wife, and our children to see the nation take a strong stand for opportunity and…

11.01.16

Johnson Running for Governor of New Jersey as a Democrat

Johnson Running for Governor of New Jersey as a Democrat

VIA OBSERVER.COM

Former Clinton Undersecretary of the Treasury Jim Johnson of Montclair is running for governor of New Jersey as a Democrat.

11.01.16

Phil Murphy has a new Democratic challenger in N.J. governor’s race

Phil Murphy has a new Democratic challenger in N.J. governor’s race

VIA NJ.COM

TRENTON—A former U.S. Treasury official and federal prosecutor has announced he’s running for governor, wading into a Democratic primary that many considered over before it officially began. Jim Johnson, of Montclair, has opened a campaign office in his hometown, looking to mount a challenge against banking executive and former U.S ambassador Phil Murphy, who kick-started his…

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