MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair resident Jim Johnson has announced his candidacy for New Jersey Governor.

The former Undersecretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration has recently announced on his website that he is running as a Democrat.

Johnson wrote, "It's time New Jersey started on a new journey - one where we engage our citizens in the work to renew our communities. Our democracy is at its strongest not when citizens are simply asked to validate the deals of party leaders, but rather when citizens have a choice on Election Day and a voice in the decisions that impact their daily lives."

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Johnson vowed to work with citizens across our state to rebuild the economy, restore the frayed bonds of community and revive community trust in government.

Johnson's candidacy comes as a surprise to some who have already publicly pledged support to another candidate. Recently, top Essex County Democrats including Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, met in Newark to pledge their support for Phil Murphy for New Jersey Governor. It is not yet known how Johnson's candidacy will be received by Essex County leaders.

Johnson added, "New Jersey needs a new way of doing business that permits the wisdom of its citizens to enter fully into the process. I am running to ensure all of our voices are heard. It is the only, real way, we can move our state forward."

Johnson grew up in Montclair, graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and during the Clinton Administration, Johnson held several senior positions in the United States Department of the Treasury, including Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement (1998-2000) and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement (1996-1998).

According to his bio, he oversaw the operations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Secret Service, the United States Customs Service, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1990-1996), later becoming Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division (1993-1996). 

At the end of the Clinton Administration, Johnson returned to private practice.

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