Greenstein to pursue 14th District senate seat

HAMILTON – Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) will seek her party’s support for the 14th District senate seat.

“I am an interested and active pursuer of the seat,” Greenstein told PolitickerNJ.com. “I’m going to be calling all of the committee people. Based on past performance, I would hope that they see that I am the person most likely to win the seat There are a high number of people who know me and who approve of the work I’m doing.

“I’m very excited,” Greenstein added. “It’s exciting to have this opportunity. It would be a great honor.”

Known for her work rate and constituent service and now with a decade of experience in the legislature, Greenstein consistently polls high in the district.

She’s been in this position before, staring at an impending vacancy.

Upon the retirement of Peter Inverso in 2007, Greenstein flirted with a state senate bid for the District 14 senate seat.  But district-mate Bill Baroni’s ability to rapidly secure labor support in made it difficult for Greenstein to gain critical traction in the hours following Inverso’s announcement.

Her decision not to pursue the seat vaulted political neophyte Seema Singh into the race, whom Baroni soundly defeated. 

Running under Singh in a tough re-election contest with the wildcard element of a hard-right group hitting her with radio ads for her pro choice views, Greenstein- and her running mate Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) – finally prevailed. The veteran Greenstein was the top vote-getter with 27% to DeAngelo’s 24%. The man who appears to head the GOP short list to replace Baroni came in a losing third place in that contest with 23% of the vote.  

Chair of the Assembly Judicary Committee, Greenstein was again the district’s high vote-getter in the 2009 general election. She earned 28.4% of the vote, compared to 26.7% won by her running mate, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), or six points higher than her closest Republican opponent in a tricky district that Gov. Chris Christie simultaneously won over incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. 

Although the circumstances are slightly different this time – in an off year, she won’t have to surrender her Assembly seat to pursue the senate vacancy – Greenstein today saw her shot and didn’t flinch in the hours after Gov. Chris Christie’s annoucement to appoint Baroni to the Port Authority.