Greenstein flunks smell test on Lynch $$$

Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein didn't pass the ethics smell test when she announced her intention to give campaign money she received from convicted ex-Senate President John Lynch's PAC to a politically active organization whose PAC supported Greenstein's last re-election campaign. Greenstein said she was giving $2,000 — the amount the Lynch PAC gave to her in 2003 — to New Jersey Citizen Action. Greenstein has not offered to give back monies Lynch directed to her campaigns in 1999 and 2001. New Jersey Citizen Action has a political action committee that has endorsed only Democrats in the last two election cycles, and Greenstein's move could be viewed as simpy funneling money Lynch gave her to Democratic campaigns next year. Greenstein could have obviated the appearance of a problem by following the lead of other legislators who forward campaign contributions from tainted donors to charities. State Senator Joseph Vitale, for example, is sending his Lynch PAC money to Habitat for Humanity and a local charity supporting children with serious illnesses.

Greenstein flunks smell test on Lynch $$$