Five Questions With... NJ Assembly Candidate Jerry Green

UNION COUNTY, NJ - TAPinto has contacted the candidates for NJ General Assembly and offered the opportunity to be profiled in advance of Election Day. Our "Five Questions with..." series is a platform for candidates of both parties to express their views. 

Name: Gerald “Jerry” B. Green
Current Occupation: Full-time Legislator and part-time consultant
Education (in Union County): Roselle High School
Family: Married
Years Lived in Union County: 76

1. Why are you running for NJ General Assembly?
I have served the 22nd and 17th Legislative District for over 20 years and I have worked very hard for the real issues that concern us all. In Trenton I fought and will continue to advocate for the necessary funding and resources for our education system, our health care and housing/affordable housing, which serves our senior citizens and homeless. I have fought for and I will continue to stand for the issues that affect the working middle-class today.

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2. What do you believe are the most important issues in the 22nd District right now?
Among many state-wide issues, the most vital in our 22nd District are: State, county and local taxes, housing, health care programs, unemployment, education, and safe-neighborhoods.

3. What would be at the top of your legislative agenda during 2016?
As member of leadership in Trenton, I have discussed our top issues for the next legislative session with few of my colleagues. Some to mention are: Improve state-wide, county and local taxes, generate employment and our economy, provide equal and world-class education opportunity to our children, fight for fair pensions, and accommodate prison reentry programs for former inmates and their communities.

4. What should people know about you that they might not know already?
I’m a FULL-TIME politician, who dedicates 60 hours a week and earns a salary of $49,000 a year. In addition I’m the chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee, where I do not receive a pay from the county. I mention this because I believe in transparency. Over the years I have been accused of running the City of Plainfield. However, all I have done is supported Democrats at a state, county, and local levels, no different than my opponent who supported Governor Chris Christie and other right wing candidates. My job is to make sure that we vote for what’s good for the people of the State of New Jersey.

5. What else would you like to say?   
As speaker pro-tempore, chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and member of the Health and Senior Services Committee, I will continue the fight towards the issues that concerns the residents of the 22nd Legislative District and our State. As mentioned, I will continue my efforts to bring housing opportunities and as part of those efforts, I have signed the Property Tax Pledge, which indicates that I commit to work in cutting property taxes by 10 percent. Furthermore, I will expand employment opportunities, health care programs, senior citizens and homeless resources, provide a world-class education to our children who are our next generation leaders. Currently I’m working in preparing the youth with the necessary resources for employment opportunities and working in legislation that will give former prisoners the opportunity to reenter their communities.

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