TRENTON, NJ - Plainfield's own Linda Carter took the oath to join the New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday, representing the 22nd Legislative District in Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties. She has vowed to fight for affordable housing, education funding, tax relief, environmental protection, and women and minority owned businesses.
Assemblywoman Carter said she is excited to be a part of the LD22 team, and to help move the needs of Plainfield forward. She is thankful to all those who have witnessed, and have been a part of her growth, and have supported her each step of way.
Carter notes that Assemblyman Jerry Green, who passed away in April, has left some mighty big shoes to fill, but said that is a good thing because it is a constant reminder of what is expected from her, and how hard she must work to fulfill the legacy Green has left.
According to Carter, she is humbled, ready, and committed to working for Plainfield and the LD22 district. “Now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work in passing legislation to make New Jersey safer, stronger and more affordable.”
Prior to joining the Assembly, Carter was elected as a Union County Freeholder in 2010, and became the first African-American woman to serve as the Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2013.
Carter has previously served as a commissioner of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority, and Commissioner of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition which advocates for a one-seat ride into New York Penn Station on New Jersey Transit.
She has also served as Councilwoman-at-Large for the First and Fourth Wards here in Plainfield, where she held the positions of Council President and Chair of the Committee of the Whole, liaison to the Housing Authority, Board of Education and Advisory Board and Chair of the Public Safety Committee and Neighborhood and City Services Committee.
Carter also has a career as a public school teacher in Passaic and was formerly employed by AT&T.
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