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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Never Forget: Tuesday is a referendum on Jerry Green

Brought to you by Jerry Green. His team's sign in front of
a vacant house.

Tuesday's Plainfield Democratic Primary is a referendum on Jerry Green's role in Plainfield's future. Having his candidates -- Diane Toliver, Charles Eke, Gloria Taylor -- positioned to win in November would give Green absolute control of the Council and the ability to stymie the voters' expressed desire to get Plainfield moving forward. He would then 'run this motherf***er' as he says in his now-famous video (see here.)

It is important not to be distracted by the blitz of misleading mailers (New Dems as Tea Party? Gimme a break!) Jerry Green has been stuffing our mailboxes with in the past few days. (Dottie Gutenkauf think's he's out of control and driven by fear -- see her post here.)

A friend has kept every slimy and misleading Jerry Green mailer and flyer for years in a folder she calls her 'Never Forget' folder. This year's pieces have already been added in.

But the real thing we must never forget is what is at stake in this election.

  • Jerry Green has connived with JFK to advance a plan for 660 apartments on the Muhlenberg Hospital site. Toliver, Eke and Taylor will smooth the way for Jerry and JFK if they win on Tuesday.

  • Then there is the PMUA. Jerry Green wants to keep his pals Malcolm Dunn, Cecil Sanders and Charles Eke on the PMUA board -- even as they give  $1 million payout to former executives, causing layoffs and furloughs to the workers and rate hikes to residents. Toliver, Eke and Taylor will continue the PMUA mess if they win on Tuesday.

  • Lastly, if Jerry Green continues to throttle development by insisting 'nobody does business in Plainfield without leaving something on the table', homeowners' property taxes will spiral out of control. With Plainfield's ratables shrinking every year, the only possible relief for property owners is by attracting new businesses with new jobs to the Queen City. But investors are gun shy of Jerry Green. If Toliver, Eke and Taylor win on Tuesday, the future for taxpayers will be bleak.
This past November, Plainfield voters opted to support Adrian Mapp's vision for moving the city forward -- by over 70% of the vote.

Yet Jerry Green has made up with former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs, whom he unceremoniously dumped last year. Her 'resuscitation' (as Rebecca refers to it) signifies Jerry wants to turn back the clock and bring back the days of dysfunction, waste and abuse that were Robinson-Briggs' hallmarks.

If Toliver, Eke and Taylor win on Tuesday, it will be easier for Jerry Green to do just that.

But you can do something about it. You can use your ballot as you did last November to give Plainfield a chance to move ahead.

On Tuesday, VOTE COLUMN E at your polling place -- Rebecca Williams for Wards 2/3 at-large, Emmett Swan for Ward 1 and Charles McRae for Ward 3.

For Plainfield's future.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Siddeeq El-Amin said...

Plainfield, as we head into the Tuesday Primary Elections, let’s try to summarize what has happened over the past two months.

For the first time in years, we now have valid choices for each of the Ward elections. We can choose to remain the same and vote for the same party candidates that have been forced upon us in a non-democratic process or we can choose to vote for change and forward progress with candidates that have your very best interests at heart.

Specifically in the First Ward, there are three candidates for City Council, and remember, they are ALL Democrats in a democratic primary election. We don’t need that entire name calling about who is the “real Democrat.” The first candidate is the ‘standard party candidate’ that is linked by family to the PMUA million dollar give away and alleged improper compensation benefits. Don’t you wish your company would give you a million tax dollars when you retire or quit?

The second candidate is relatively new to Plainfield. He says he moved here a couple of years ago into the Monarch Apartment complex and became active in the tenant organization and was recently (January 2014) appointed to the Plainfield Planning Board. He has a financial background with PSEG. I don’t know him personally, but I believe he has an active future in Plainfield.

I, Siddeeq W. El-Amin, Line F-7, am the third candidate for the First Ward City Council Seat. I have been civicly active in Plainfield since the mid-70’s, starting with the Plainfield Board of Education and its then Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ron Lewis, after we moved to Plainfield in 1973. I was a football coach for the PHS 8th and 9th grade teams from 1978-1979, after which in 1980 I joined the Plainfield Police Division, retiring as Captain of Police after almost 30 years of unblemished service, with two years as Director of Public Affairs and Safety. My family has been continuously active in community service in Plainfield. We have always been registered Democrats, not undecided like one of the candidates. My full platform is available for review on my web pages at Can you find theirs? I haven’t.

Plainfield voters, this election is not about party loyalty but about loyalty to Plainfield residents. Let’s begin to be “Loyal to Plainfield and Plainfield will be loyal to us” to update a candidate quote. Vote for continued change and progress. Vote for the candidates that will represent YOU and US, not them and party bosses. Elect Siddeeq W. El-Amin, Line F-7, for First Ward City Council. Let’s begin the change for a new vision for Plainfield!

Anonymous said...

Drama, Drama, Drama. Jerry Green is not running. Typical Tea Party Republican. Let's focus on Obama - risms, instead of REAL ISSUES effecting our community.

Anonymous said...

It is just like the Green team to place their signs just any place they want with out permission of the home owner. NO RESPECT from the Democrat Party with their signs!! Also looking at the house in the picture it is a good example of just what Green has done for this city...Destroyed it But for some reason People in Plainfield keep drinking his Kool aid.