Jerry Green will tell you at the drop of a hat that he is the third most powerful person in the State Assembly. In Plainfield, the Courier News called him “King of the Queen City.”
Yet in 2005, 2007 and 2009, Jerry got fewer votes in Plainfield than did his running mate from Fanwood.
Why this seeming disrespect in his hometown?
One reason might be that especially around election time, Jerry’s façade cracks and leadership gives way to mean and petty assaults that show his true nature.
This year, Jerry is unopposed in the June Primary, but the City Council candidates he chose as Democratic Party chairman face a challenge. The challengers are Democrats, but Jerry tries to demonize them as Christie Republicans. Worse, he attacks one candidate’s family and insults another by making fun of her care-giving to elderly parents.
A person who is not even in this fray, but who obviously represents a challenge to his power on some level, receives what Jerry hopes is political mortal blow by exposure of his personal financial situation.
People are disgusted by these personal attacks. The message seems to be, exert your freedom to take a stand other than the party line and Jerry will try to destroy you politically. Behind Jerry’s genial visage is the face of a tyrant and it comes out at election time.
Jerry is running unopposed today. But that does not mean you have to vote for him if you are a Democrat. If you think Jerry has pushed enough buttons to hurt people, don’t push his button today. Show your distaste for his tactics in a symbolic way and in 2011 join the many others who could not stand to give Jerry their vote in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
I’m sure Jerry will attempt to hurt me too in some way for speaking my mind. If so, you’ll hear about it right here.