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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In surprise move, Jerry Green steps down


Plainfield's longtime Democratic leader is stepping down.

In a brief statement released by his legislative office, Assemblyman Jerry Green announced he is stepping down from public life.

Green, who is chair of the Assembly's Housing and Local Services committee as well as being chairperson of both the Union County Democratic organization and the Plainfield Democratic committee, says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and his charitable activities.

Green came to prominence as Plainfield's de facto Democratic leader in the 1980s after having served as a Union County Freeholder. He will turn 75 at the end of the month.

Friends of the Assemblyman, asking to remain anonymous as they are not authorized to speak publicly, have said that Green is tired of being faulted for every difficulty that pops up in the Queen City. 'They won't have Jerry Green to kick around any more,' he is reported to have said to one source.

Besides devoting himself to his family and charitable activities, Green is said to be mulling a second career as a motivational speaker. This is not unusual, if one recalls that Bill Clinton has been in constant demand as a speaker ever since leaving the White House, and is reported to command six-figure sums for his talks. Green's folksy touch has often been compared to Clinton's.

Reactions from colleagues and political allies are coming in.

'I can hardly believe it,' said former Union County Dem chairperson Charlotte DeFilippo when reached at her King Street home in Hillside. 'Jerry has always been like the firehouse dog, ready to go whenever the bell rings. It will be hard to think of him retiring to a quiet personal life.'

Reached by phone, Councilwoman Gloria Taylor, widow of the late mayor Rick Taylor, who is serving temporarily in the seat vacated by Adrian Mapp when he was elected Mayor last November, said, 'I certainly hope that Sen. Lesniak and the other Union County Democratic leaders don't sent a carpetbagger down here to replace the Assemblyman. That's the last thing we need when we are trying to rebrand ourselves.'

According to the statement, Green is relinquishing all his offices on the day it is dated, April 1.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Today is April Fools' Day...of course!

Wendell Woods said...

Is this an April Fool's joke?

Wendell Woods said...

Is this an April Fool's joke?

Anonymous said...

April Fool's joke, right?

olddoc said...

If only it was April 2nd.

Ron said...

This is an April Fool's Day joke, right?

Anonymous said...

April Fool Day joke???

Anonymous said...

April Fools.

Anonymous said...

Happy April Fool's Day Dan!

Maria

Anonymous said...

Good one Dan! Better than most.

JoAnn in NJ said...

April Fool?

Anonymous said...

Bullseye Dan! You're a rascal. April Fool

Ron said...

This is a hoax!

Anonymous said...

lol....what is today's date again?

Anonymous said...

great april fools joke. Lets remember that jerry is on the ballot this year and its long past time to send him out to pasture. So we have to work hard this year to defeat his slate of bumbling yes women and men then june 2015 lets end his 2 plus decade reign

Bob said...

I wish Assemblyman Green all the best and thank him for his service to the state.

Gloria Taylor needs to understand what a real carpetbagger is and get into the 21st century. She sure doesn't seem capable of leading Plainfield in this century. I hope her replacement will be able to lead and not obstruct moving Plainfield forward.

Bob Bolmer

Deborah Dowe said...

Naughty, Naughty... . Santa is going to give you a lump of coal for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Dan. did Rasheed Abdul-Haqq and his "Let's Get Rid of Jerry Green" campaign put you up to this?

Anonymous said...

I can not wait to have a fresh start in the democrat party

Anonymous said...

Naughty Dan!

But, we all can dream ...

Anonymous said...

The Plainfielders and all of Union County will be celebrating Spring with a new pep in their step and maybe a new song to sing. High ho high it's off without Gerry we go.. High ho high ho our taxes will soon be low.. High ho high ho ______ maybe some else can finish the song we all can sing.

Anonymous said...

What gave it away was Jerry spending time on "Charitable Activities". The only charity JG gives to is himself.

Kate said...

April Fools? :-)

Anonymous said...

We can only hope this is tru and noit another one of your April Fools postings

Anonymous said...

THANK GOD! Now the City can move forward. Just get ride of Gloria Taylor and the some others and the City will be in much better shape

Anonymous said...

Is this an April Fool's joke?

Linda said...

How could you be so cruel??!! For one minute I thought "could the God's be smiling down on us with this miracle", but then I remembered where I was and the date and thought "oh no, only the devil could make this up", but it was a good one. Lol!