Although I don’t live in Linden, I felt compelled to comment upon the outrage that is occurring in Linden, New Jersey. Democratic Councilman Derek Armstead is the Democratic Candidate for Mayor of Linden, and is in Column A, which he won, fair and square—just as I did here in Plainfield, in the primary.
Yet, Jerry Green, the so-called “chairman” of the Union County Democratic Party, is encouraging folks to SKIP Armstead's name on the ballot. Take a look at the mailing that was sent out to Linden voters. Why is Jerry Green working AGAINST the Democratic standard-bearer of the party he is supposed to be chairman of? Was a deal made? I attended a fundraising event on Derek’s behalf back in June, and Green was there. I assumed he was supporting Democrat Derek.
However, if you look at the mailing, you will see that Jerry is asking voters to SKIP Derek’s name--Derek is in Column A on Line 8, yet this information is obscured on the ballot. Why would Jerry Green do something like this to Derek who, having won the primary, is also poised to make history as the first African American mayor of Linden?
Freeholder Chris Hudak is the chairman of the Linden Democratic Party, and he is on the ballot as well—why isn’t he supporting Derek? This speaks of collusion--it speaks against the Democratic process, and it needs to be called out. I encourage everyone to ask our freeholders, and especially representatives Linda Carter, Mohamed Jalloh, and Vernell Wright, what they think of this sleazy tactic by Jerry Green.
Is Cory Booker aware of what is being done to divide the Democratic vote in Union County? Is Bonnie Watson-Coleman, who is poised to become the first African American congresswoman from New Jersey, aware of what Jerry is doing? Again, history will be made. Jerry Green is deliberately attempting to suppress the Democratic vote in Linden with that mailing.
Here, in Plainfield, Green appears to be doing the same thing. He has been telling people that he had "reached" out to me some weeks ago--a lie. However, just this past Wednesday, October 22, I was “invited” by telephone (a call at 9:01 am from one of Jerry Green’s people) to a photo op event in Rahway with Cory Booker scheduled for 9:30 am that morning. Yes, 29 minutes before the event—do you think Jerry Green really wanted me to be at the event?
Green had the nerve to try and paint me, a progressive Democrat, as a "tea party" type. Jerry Green is a tool of his bosses. Now, we see that Jerry Green will do whatever HIS bosses tell him to do. Is he really the head of the Union County party? Or is he just a craven huckster doing the bidding of his bosses? It’s time for him to go. To deliberately work against Derek Armstead—who, like me, WON the Democratic Primary fair and square—clearly shows that Jerry Green will do whatever HIS BOSSES tell him to. What kind of Democrat is Jerry Green? Shameful.
P.S. I will be blogging about my own campaign this week.