Recently, I have been writing fewer columns as a contributing columnist for PolitickerNJ.com. The reason: I am busily involved with writing a new book. The target date for publication is November, 2014.
I continue to also be very busy with my government affairs work and my adjunct professorship at Monmouth University. Unless I were to limit my sleep to roughly two hours a day, something had to give way. Accordingly, I am regretfully stepping down from my role as a contributing columnist at PolitickerNJ.com. Writing this column has been a real labor of love for me.
I want to extend my deepest thanks to two people. First, I am grateful to David Wildstein (Wally Edge) who originally took me on as a columnist at PolitickerNJ.com. Second, I am most appreciative of the support and friendship of the current editor of PolitickerNJ.com, Darryl Isherwood. He is both a superb journalist and an outstanding individual. Finally, it has been a pleasure to get to know Max Pizarro. His coverage of New Jersey political events and trends has been excellent, and I look forward to his coverage of Campaign 2013.
As for my forthcoming book, I am not at liberty to disclose the topic at this time. Let me give you some hints, however. The topic presently involves a subject in the Northeastern United States and is primarily of regional interest. By the time of the target publication date of November, 2014, interest in this subject is certain to have increased nationally, and by 2016, American political observers will speak of this subject as a national model. I have written a number of times about this subject in the New Jersey media over the past three years, and I am often asked by people outside New Jersey about this topic. The book will be certain to increase national interest in the subject. Have you figured it out yet?
In writing this book, I am mindful of the sacrifices my mother and late father made in order to send me to Northwestern University, one of America’s foremost universities. At Northwestern, I was fortunate to study under the tutelage of some of America’s finest professors in the fields of literature, history, and political science. Among these professors were: Bergen Evans (English literature), R. Barry Farrell (politics of the former Soviet Union), Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (Middle East politics), Carl Friedrich (political theory), James Sheehan (history of modern Germany), and Richard W. Leopold (history of American foreign policy). In writing this book, my goal is to produce a work that reflects the outstanding scholarship of these professors; namely, a book that is written in a highly literary style, displaying solid and accurate historical research and insightful political analysis.
If my schedule permits, I may write a few columns on the forthcoming New Jersey gubernatorial campaign. In the meantime, I want to say Au Revoir to my readers, and I hope you will read my book as well!
Alan J. Steinberg served as Regional Administrator of Region 2 EPA during the administration of former President George W. Bush. Region 2 EPA consists of the states of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight federally recognized Indian nations. Under former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. He currently serves on the political science faculty of Monmouth University.