Citing his ability to create a grassroots campaign network, District 14 Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein on Wednesady endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.
"I am proud to support Barack Obama for President," Greenstein said in a statement."This is a campaign that is reaching out to such a wide range of individuals, and we are all part of an effort to bring about positive change in our country. As a member of the Assembly and of the former New Jersey Citizens' Clean Elections Commission (2004-2006), I am particularly proud to work with Barack Obama. He has vowed to change politics as we know it, and I will stand with him to make that a reality."
In response to Greenstein's endorsement, Obama said, "It is an honor to have Assemblywoman Greenstein on our team.She is a dedicated public servant who has proven she can reach across party lines and bring people together to get things done.
She has worked hard to promote integrity in the election system and I am proud she will join us to transform our politics and bring change we can believe in. I look forward to working with Assemblywoman Greenstein to continue to build support for our campaign in New Jersey."
Greenstein said she believes as president, Obama woulddo well at bridging the social gap domestically and abroad, and would be able toprojectwhat she describes as a simplerespect for world cultures. She said she was particulalry impressedby the grassroots nature of his campaign, and sees him as not part of the usual party machine.
She has nothing against Obama's chief rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, she noted.
"I think Hillary’s good," said Greenstein. "Ultimately for me it camedown to how Obama's campaign is run and what it says about him. The fact that they’re reaching out, and that they care to reach down to these levels of government for support, impresses me."
Greensteinhas represented the 14th Legislative District in the State Assembly since 2000. She served on the Plainsboro Township Committee from 1995-2000 and on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District Board of Education from 1992-1994. She has been the Assembly's Assistant Majority Leader from 2002-2005, and the Deputy Speaker since 2006, and she is the Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Greenstein also sits on the Health and Senior Services Committee and also sits on the Health and Senior Services Committee.
By endorsing Obama, Greenstein joins a list of New Jersey elected officials that includes U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, statesenators John Adler, Sandra Cunningham, Shirley Turner and Loretta Weinberg, Edison Mayor Jun Choi, andAssemblyman Neil Cohen.