The mayor of Linden won’t be with the mayor of Plainfield on a civil war battlefield in the Democratic Party, he told PolitickerNJ.
“This is my second month in office and the last thing I want to do is engage in a battle,” said Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, who ran off the line last year, beat the establishment, then ran on the same ticket with the Democratic Party led by Chairman Jerry Green.
Green’s up for re-election this year and, at the moment, attached to his running mate, embattled Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22).
Armstead said he wants to focus on being mayor.
“At this juncture, that’s out of the question,” he said, when asked if he supports Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp’s call for an uprising.
“I’m going to be supporting Jerry,” Armstead said. “I don’t see myself going with anything other than the organization.”
As for Stender’s troubles, “I’m going to reserve judgement,” he said. “People pounce on people when they sense weakness. I hope when the smoke clears she’s okay. She’s always represented the district well. I support her and I hope she sees her way through.”