Plainfield Assemblyman Jerry Green needs to stop being a crybaby. The sooner, the better.
On Friday, Jerry made a totally unwarranted and unintelligible attack on Councilors Cory Storch and Rebecca Williams in the context of a 'P.S.' added to the end of a letter of support he received from the Coalition on Affordable Housing and the Environment (CAHE) -- see here.
The attack comes in the context of Gov. Christ Christie's conditional veto of the affordable housing bill Jerry has been working on since last spring. A version influenced by Jerry's attempts to address affordable housing needs (including fees on developers to build a kitty for rehabbing existing properties in older, poorer communities like Plainfield) and that Jerry feels would pass constitutional muster was passed by both houses after back-and-forth in which Sen. Ray Lesniak acceded to some of Jerry's proposals.
Now, however, the Legislature will have to top a higher hurdle to overturn the veto.
And that is what Jerry should be working on and talking about -- not local elected officials who have no pull with Jerry's peers.
It is time for 'the third most powerful person in the Assembly' (as Jerry is always reminding us he is) to show his mojo and get the votes needed to pass his legislation DESPITE Christie's veto and any lingering ill will the governor may feel after Jerry insulted him during Christie's campaign stop in Plainfield the summer before his election.
Jerry has been in the Assembly a long time, and has patiently worked his way up the ladder, now chairing an important committee (Housing and Local Government) as well as having a role in the leadership structure.
Why, then, go into a tantrum like a 2-year-old in the checkout line at the A&P?
The voters of the 22nd District hardly thought they were sending a crybaby to the Assembly.
Jerry needs to get to work and get the votes he needs.
All the letters of support and editorials in favor he posts to his blog can't make up for having votes in his pocket.
I have written before that I believe this affordable housing bill could become Jerry's legacy legislation (see my three posts on the matter here).
Longtime readers of this blog will have noticed that the bones I have to pick with Jerry have to do with THE SITUATION IN PLAINFIELD (where he has habitually made poor choices and advocated unwise, wasteful and abusive policies for years) -- and not in Trenton, where he serves under the watchful eye of others.
If Jerry can't -- or won't -- act like a mensch and show us how he can get this housing bill signed and his legacy secured, he should seriously think of getting out of politics. And that includes whining about others when it's HIS RESPONSIBILITY to get the deed done.
We don't need any whiners representing the 22nd District.
- Blog: "Jerry Green's Page"
- Plainfield Today: "Three posts on Jerry Green and affordable housing legislation"
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