One of the jokes among Assembly Democrats is that if you want to know how Linda Greenstein will vote on even the most semi-controversial bill, just ask Bill Baroni. They both sit near each other in the back row, and Greenstein waits to see how her Republican colleague — they both represent the fourteenth district — votes before she makes a decision.
But sometimes, Democrats don't think the joke is very funny. On Thursday, Greenstein joined Baroni andthe GOP minority in abstaining on Reed Gusciora's
resolution opposing President Bush's surge of troops in Iraq. "Greenstein's unwillingness to vote is unconscionable," said Juan Melli
, who runs BlueJersey.com
, a progressive website."The stakes are too high to sit this issue out whileNew Jersey'sNational Guard and armed forces continue to die or come home gravely injured in what Senator (Chuck) Hagel
calls a 'meat grinder' of a war."
At some point, liberal Democrats might start to question the benefits of helping Greenstein win every two years, especially when she lets Baroni do the voting for the two of them.