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Johnson Gets Democratic Nod for Weinberg's State Senate Seat

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In a battle of Assembly members, Gordon Johnson easily defeated Valerie Vainieri Huttle by a margin of 3 to 1.

The primary race to determine the Democrat who will try to succeed retiring Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg was a lopsided one.

The two Assembly members in Weinberg’s district took each other on, the first time in almost 20 years there was a Democratic primary for her Senate seat, and Gordon Johnson won handily, by a 3 to 1 margin over Valerie Vainieri Huttle.

The two progressives were just about carbon copies of each other politically, but until voters okayed it in a referendum, Huttle had been opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana. Johnson had an advantage on the ballot — a position on the Democratic line with Governor Murphy.