Linda Greenstein

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Linda Greenstein
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
Date of primaryJune 3, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
New Jersey Senate District 14
In office
November 2010 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 1999
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sVassar College
Master'sJohns Hopkins University
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Personal
BirthdayJune 7, 1950
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Linda R. Greenstein (b. June 7, 1950) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 14. She was first elected to the chamber after she won a special election in November 2010. Greenstein is currently an Assistant Majority Leader.

Greenstein is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1]

Greenstein served in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 14th District from 2000 to 2010.

Biography

Greenstein earned her B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College, her M.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Her professional experience includes working as a staff attorney for the Community Health Law Project from 1991 to 2000, as a clinical associate professor at Seton Hall Law School, Deputy Attorney General for State of New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and an attorney with Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher, and Brennan.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Greenstein served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Environment and Energy, Vice-Chair
Law and Public Safety, Vice-Chair
Budget and Appropriations

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Greenstein served on the following committees:

2010 House

Prior to her election to the Senate, Greenstein served on the following Assembly committees in 2010:

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

In an article on Nj.com, Greenstein stated that her campaign is trying to promote a platform of property tax relief and bipartisanship. Greenstein supports the following issues:[2]

  • She supports the Republican-sponsored bill that created a 2 percent property tax levy cap in 2010, though she still harbors “doubts about how it squeezes the mayors.”
  • She also said she supports Gov. Chris Christie’s calls for a 10 percent property tax credit, while saying the Legislature should explore all avenues as it considers returning state aid to municipalities and school districts, many of which have relied on tax increases to offset funding cuts.
  • “A big priority for me is to look at where we can recoup some of that money,” Greenstein said. “We’re not back to the amount of school aid these districts should have, and the schools are having a lot of problems as a result. A well-performing school shouldn’t be penalized.”
  • "Greenstein said freely removing restrictions and regulations could create a dangerous business landscape, especially if environmental regulations are sidestepped. In addition to exploring opportunities to ease burdens on businesses, state officials should target specific problem areas during the budget process."

  • A819 Sets confidentiality standards for public employee assistance program records; prohibits employer actions against program participants.
  • A1095 Decreases certain public document copy fees to up to $0.10 or less per letter size page and up to $0.15 or less per legal size page.
  • A1539 Prohibits political contributions by county and municipal political party committees to other committees; increases certain penalties.
  • A1551 Establishes the "Healthy Workplace Act."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Greenstein is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 12th District. Greenstein is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Greenstein won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 14. Greenstein was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Peter A. Inverso (R) and Don Dezarn (L) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey State Senate, District 14 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Greenstein Incumbent 50.4% 31,387
     Republican Peter A. Inverso 48% 29,903
     Libertarian Don Dezarn 1.6% 1,014
Total Votes 62,304

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Greenstein won in the 2011 election for New Jersey State Senate District 14. She ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. Greenstein defeated Richard Kanka (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.

New Jersey State Senate District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Greenstein Incumbent 55.3% 26,206
     Republican Richard Kanka 44.7% 21,176
Total Votes 47,382

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 14 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 14 is roughly 21,000, (down from 25,000).[8]

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in 2009, Greenstein was bracketed with Wayne DeAngelo and defeated challengers Rob Calabro, William Harvey, Jr. and Gene Baldassari.[9] [10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Fourteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Linda R. Greenstein (D) 37,958
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne P. DeAngelo (D) 35,791
Rob Calabro (R) 30,479
William T. Harvey, Jr. (R) 29,530

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Greenstein is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Greenstein raised a total of $2,540,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[11]

Linda Greenstein's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 14 Won $476,016
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $220,962
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $813,618
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $464,050
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $291,016
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $141,148
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $133,237
Grand Total Raised $2,540,047

2011

Greenstein won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $476,016.

2009

Greenstein won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $220,962.

2007

Greenstein won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $813,618.

2005

Greenstein won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $464,050.

2003

Greenstein won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $291,016.

2001

Greenstein won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $141,148.

1999

Greenstein won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Greenstein raised a total of $133,237.

Endorsements

2013

Greenstein’s endorsements included the following:[12][13]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • The Sierra Club

2011

Greenstein was endorsed by:

Personal

Greenstein and her husband, Michael, have one son. They currently reside in Monroe, New Jersey.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Goodwin
New Jersey General Assembly District 14
2011-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly District 14
2000–2011
Succeeded by
Daniel Benson