Background: Brooklyn native Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein of Plainsboro, 57, is seeking her fifth term. A Vassar graduate, the Democrat received a Master’s in psychology from Johns Hopkins University, then graduated from Georgetown Law School. Greenstein served as assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, held a post as a law professor at Seton Hall University, and worked for nine years at the private non-profit Community Health Law Project, where she wasa senior staff attorney and worked on landlord-tenant cases, family law,social securityand general client services for low income, disabled clients. Greenstein is married with a grown son, who is also an attorney.
Legislation’s she’s famous for: Interested inpublic advocacywork throughout her legal and legislative career, Greenstein threw her shoulder behind the state’s “Do Not Call” list. “I had to shepherd it like (Assemblyman) Neil Cohen has done with stem cell research. It really became my issue. The bottom line is it’s considered one of the most popular bills out there, and it’s the strongest bill of its kind in the country.” The law safeguards consumers from aggressive telemarketers.
This year: Greenstein worked with Assemblyman Bill Baroni and others on the clean elections pilot program that District 14 is showcasing this year.
Ongoing work: Greenstein is the first prime sponsor of one bill setting protocols in hospitals to prevent infections, and of another one requiring hospitals to report bad events. “They are good bills I fought to get on,” says the Assemblywoman.
Taking aim at dual office holding when it wasn’t fashionable to do so: “I was on the PlainsboroTownship Committeewhen I was elected to the Assembly,” says Greenstein. “I told my husband, ‘It doesn’t feel right to me,’ and so I stepped down from the council to focus on my job in the Assembly. Now everybody’s grandstanding on the issue. What I did predated that. I don’t need a law to tell me I was right.”
Position on asset monetization: “I’m opposed to the sale orlease of state assets, and so is the governor, but the governor is interested in finding creative ways to get us funding for projects and I don’t believe in closing off ideas and discussion. I want to hear what the governor has to say because we need a new source of revenue. I am also very much in favor of cost cutting.”
Position on the death penalty: “I support the death penalty for themost heinous crimes, such as police and child murders, in cases where DNA testing gives reliability to the conviction; however, the death penalty is such a failure in New Jersey thatlife without parole might be a better option thanwhat we have now.”