Letters to the Editor

Sorrentino’s Mother Speaks Out


Dear Editor,

I am Joey Sorrentino’s mother. Close to a decade ago, Joey made a few mistakes. He graduated from county college with an Associate’s degree, but with below average grades. He was drinking, acting stupid, and being very immature. He became a student at Kean University, still not doing great. Then an incident happened. I am not going to defend him, as I feel he was absolutely wrong. I told him over and over about how I felt and something like this should never happen. I told him he should have empathy for all human beings. I do not ever want anyone to get hurt, physically nor emotionally. I could tell you honestly that what he did really bothered him as well. He felt so bad about it when it happened, and always has. He knows he was wrong and regretted it immediately. We do not always know it in the moment, but sometimes bad things happen for a good reason, to bring change or to help us change. That incident was a life changer for my son; he actually grew up right before our eyes. He started doing well in college; he graduated Kean with a Bachelor’s in Special Education and History. He got a job in the Rahway School District in 2009 as a special education teacher and has been there ever since. He loves and helps every child he possibly could in that school and only wants the best for them.  It amazes me how good he is with kids and how much they love him back! He runs the school yearbook, chaperones dances, tutors and does extracurricular activities like coaching and running picture day. He continued his education at Kean working hard to get his Masters in Educational Leadership. He graduated from his Master’s program with a 3.95 GPA.  He was elected to the board of education in 2011 hoping he would make a difference in the lives of South Plainfield children. He has coached Keystone basketball and South Plainfield Eagles football. He is now in his second year at Kean going for his Doctorate degree in Urban Education. The whole world harps on how people need to change, learn, and grow from their mistakes. Well, that is exactly what Joey did, yet he is still being punished. Should someone’s mistakes follow them forever if they have really changed? I think a sincere change should count for something. I am always willing to give someone a second chance. I could see if this happened a year ago, but he was a stupid college kid when this occurred.  My son learned from his mistakes and changed his life because of it. I could guarantee that most people, if not all, have made mistakes in their lives, have done something that they regret or wish they had not done, me included. But that is what life is all about, learning from those mistakes, making yourself a better person and moving on. Why couldn’t the Republicans talk to Joey about stepping down with the knowledge they had about his past?  Was this done to ruin his life instead?  Darlene Cullen, wife of South Plainfield’s Administrator/CFO Glenn Cullen, tweeted this story to 24 high profile media outlets on Wednesday night (including FOX news, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Racism Facts, CNN) between 10:45 PM and 11:00 PM with the following hash tags:  #womanrights (sic), #bullying and #domesticviolence. Some of her twitter followers include Glenn Cullen, Borough of South Plainfield’s official twitter account, and Mayor Matt Anesh. I do not understand why she sent this out to so many nationwide accounts. It was already out that Joey had dropped out of the race, so why would she do this? I originally thought this incident was made public because the Republican’s were afraid that maybe Joey would win the election and they wanted less of a threat. But to continue tweeting this article to national news outlets after he had already dropped out, I have no other question than this: did she and/or the Republicans want to ruin his life? They went way too far and they should be ashamed of themselves. That is not setting a very good example for empathy and redemption. Actually, Darlene has nothing to do with him, nor our family, so why did she get so involved? Since this incident, Joey’s record stands for itself and nobody could take that away from him. He has worked very hard to get where he is today. He certainly did grow up and grow into a caring and empathetic man. My family and I are so proud of the person Joey has become. It is unfortunate that the Republican Party, and whoever helped them, had to go this route. They have destroyed a human life, the life of a man that had turned around and become a better person because of it. He is still not perfect, nobody is, but he is a million times better than every single person that had a hand in this. It disgusts me that people could be so cold and act so cruel. Not only did these people affect his entire life, character, and future forever, but they also affected his entire family. Maybe someday your skeletons will fall out of your closets; I know you all have them. South Plainfield used to be a loving, family oriented community, always willing to help their neighbors just like we literally helped our neighbor Darlene over many years. It is sad of what we have become.

Maryann Sorrentino

Editor's Note:  TAP into South Plainfield is an award-winning, all-online objective newspaper accredited by the New Jersey Press Association.  I routinely Tweet out our stories to other media outlets, as do most online publications.  For example, I did so with this story just this week:  http://thealternativepress.com/articles/booker-pallone-sweeney-and-pinkin-visit-mrp-to  Regarding the Sorrentino story itself, the story had been published by the Courier News (mycentraljersey) and posted on The Drudge Report before I even published the story, let alone Tweeted it out.  While it is convenient to blame Tweets and make TAP into South Plainfield the scapegoat for Mr. Sorrentino’s behavior, the fact is this story received broad publicity because it was news and to try to insinuate bias on my part, perhaps the Courier News, one of the largest newspapers in New Jersey, and the Drudge Report, one of the most-read online sites in the world, had a bigger part to play?  Ironically, they were not mentioned in this letter.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield


Chief Michael J. Cleary, Sr. 66, of South Plainfield, died suddenly on July 14, 2018. Born and ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Carly Kensey Graduates from ECU

July 13, 2018

GREENVILLE, NC -- Carly Kensey of South Plainfield graduated with a BA-Psychology from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The fireworks capped off a new format for ECU's 109th spring commencement ceremony, which was held in the evening for the first time.

The keynote speaker for commencement was Linda McMahon, administrator of ...

Community Happenings

Adult “crafternoon” at the South Plainfield Public Library

July 15, 2018

Crafting isn't just for kids anymore!  Come to the South Plainfield Library on Saturday July 28 at 2pm for a fun filled “crafternon” for adults with crafter Patricia Dahl.  Crafters will be decorating a wine bottle. We will supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! If you have a glue gun at home, if you could bring it to the craft program.  Registration is ...

Frist Baptist Church of South Plainfield to Host Annual Vacation Bible School

July 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - First Baptist Church of South Plainfield will be holding their annual Vacation Bible School program the week of August 6-10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This free VBS program is open to children entering Kindergarten through entering 6th grade. Children will participate in this exciting experience learning how God is faithful and keeps His promises through Bible stories, songs, ...

South Plainfield Police Hiring Per-Diem Dispatchers

The South Plainfield Police Department is accepting applications for Per-Diem Police Dispatcher.  The following are the minimum requirements for applicants:

Must be at least 18 years of age
Must have a High School diploma or GED
Must be certified in 9-1-1, EMD and CPR
Must pass a background check and a computerized Dispatch test
Must be able to multi-task while using Police, ...


Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)


If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...


Come join us Monday, July 23 at 6:30 PM for Monday Night Movies.  This week’s selection stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, and it follows their characters as they journey across the country in a RV, rekindling their passion for life and their romance.  It is rated R.  If you cannot make it to the Monday night showing, there is a second screening on Wednesday, July 25 ...

Press Releases

ICE ERO Newark Arrests 37 Individuals in Middlesex County During Enforcement Surge

July 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office arrested 37 individuals during a five-day operation that concluded Friday, as part of the agency’s ongoing public safety efforts. The operation targeted criminal aliens who were previously incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail (MCJ), and who were subsequently ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...