Linda Greenstein first entered politics in 1992 when she ran for an open seat on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education. She was a staff attorney for the Community Health Law Project; her opponent, Barry Weisberg, was a lawyer active in his synagogue and with the local Little League. Greenstein beat Weisberg in that race. She went on to win two races for the Plainsboro Township Committee and ousted Republican incumbents Barbara Wright and Paul Kramer in a 1999 State Assembly race. In all, Greenstein is 8-0 as a candidate.
But life turned out ok for Weisberg too. His made enough friends in Middlesex County politics to get Gov. Jon Corzine to make him a Superior Court Judge, a job he started less than two weeks ago. Greenstein let bygones be bygones; she didn't make any move to oppose Weisberg's nomination.
Another new Superior Court Judge in Middlesex County is Colleen Flynn, the 44-year-old daughter of Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn and former six-term Assemblyman William Flynn. State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown) supported Colleen Flynn's nomination, even though he and Bill Flynn have been political opponents for twenty years.
Bill Flynn lost his Assembly seat in the 1985 Republican landslide, and when Kyrillos, then a 27-year-old Reagan administration official, ran for an open seat in 1987, he ran again. Kyrillos beat him by about 2,100 votes. In 2003, Flynn sought another comeback and lost a State Senate race to Kyrillos.
Kyrillos, a former GOP State Chairman, is 8-1 as a candidate. He lost a race for Congress to Frank Pallone in 1992.