Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Ha sido un placer trabajar como su asambleísta estos últimos años.
Mi colega Jim Kennedy y yo les pedimos su apoyo para continuar nuestro trabajo en el estado de Nueva Jersey. Hay mucho trabajo por delante de nosotros, pero estamos preparados para entregar resultados que mejoran nuestra comunidad. Es sólo con su apoyo que podemos seguir adelanté.
Por favor, visite nuestra oficina localizada en: 221 Park Avenue en Plainfield. Nuestro horario de operación es de lunes a viernes de 12:00- 8:00 pm y fines de semana de 12 a 6 pm. Para obtener más información, por favor llame al número 908-380-5721 o 908-380-5619.
Su Asambleísta Jerry Green
Monday, April 27, 2015
With the campaign season in full swing, there a lot of opportunities to get involved in this upcoming election. As Assemblyman for the 22nd Legislative District, I ask that you please support me and my running mate Jim Kennedy on Tuesday, June 2. There is a lot of work ahead of us but we are poised to deliver strong results that will improve of our community at-large. It’s only with your support that we can continue to move our cities forward. Please visit our campaign headquarters at 221 Park Avenue in Plainfield. Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm and weekends from 12pm-6pm. For more information, please call 908-380-5721 or 908-380-5619.
With gratitude, Assemblyman Jerry Green
Monday, April 13, 2015
Caputo, Diegnan & Jasey Introduce Bill to Protect Student Privacy; Require Criminal Background Check for Third-Party Employees with Access to Personal Student Information
Bill stems from controversy surrounding monitoring of student social media accounts during PARCC administration; monitoring is being done by subcontractor hired by testing company(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) have introduced legislation to protect the privacy and personal information of students in New Jersey by requiring employees of private entities under contract with the state - who have access to student information - to undergo criminal background checks.
The bill is in response to concerns raised by some school administrators that Pearson, the world's largest education company, is monitoring students' social media accounts during the administration of the PARCC test. Pearson hired Caveon Test Security to monitor all public social media posts by students. Any breaches of security, meaning posts about PARCC questions online, are reported to the state. Pearson claims the practice is necessary to ensure fairness, but some find it troubling, especially with already so much concern and apprehension about the PARCC test.
Friday, April 10, 2015
When Mayor Adrian Mapp said I should apologize to the LGBT community for remarks I made this week with respect to the arrest of Dan Damon, he was totally off message.
If anything, Mr. Mapp should offer an apology to the LGBT community for using Dan Damon's incident for his own political advantage.
The direction Mayor Mapp has taken with respect to the arrest of Mr. Damon has been embarrassing for the City of Plainfield. This incident has nothing to do with one's sexual orientation and everything to do with public indecency.
When I spoke about the arrest of Mr. Damon, it was solely to discuss the decision of one man to have sex in a public place, with no regard for the community at large.
I have been a staunch advocate of the LGBT community for years. I also have family members, friends and colleagues who are gay. I hold these people close to my heart and I would never say anything to offend them.
This week those same friends have called to support me on this matter that has unfortunately played out so publicly. They reminded me of the day 10 years ago when I stood on the steps of the Statehouse in support of their rights.
Subsequently, the Garden State Equality organization made me a lifetime member and entered me into their "Equality Hall of Fame" for a lifetime of courage in fighting for equality and success in improving the lives of millions.
Today, I thank Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblyman Tim Eustace for publicly acknowledging my efforts and proving that I am not the person Mr. Mapp is trying to paint me as.
So, when I was informed Mr. Mapp asked me to apologize to the LGBT community on the steps of the Statehouse, I was shocked that our mayor would use Mr. Damon's arrest as an opportunity to embarrass me and the gay community.
The truth is, we would not be talking about this issue had Mr. Damon used better judgment. What he does privately is his matter and I respect that. But when he decided to have sex on a busy street, it became a matter of public concern.
As elected officials, we are faced with tough choices to make all the time. We are elected to lead and make decisions, putting the public first, always before our own.
The residents of Plainfield pay a lot of taxes so they don't need to see the mayor's ally have sex on a busy street in Plainfield. The people have a right to live in a decent community without witnessing others has sex in public places.
I question why Mayor Mapp has not yet said what Mr. Damon did was wrong; instead, he has tried to spin the situation against me, hoping to make me the problem.
I hope the public sees this for what it really is — the mayor's attempt to distract the public from the real issue.
I'm devastated that council members Cory Storch and Rebecca Williams support Mayor Mapp and Dan Damon on this issue. As elected officials, it is not right for them to remain silent on something that affects us all.
I will not stand by as an elected official of the state of New Jersey and allow this type of sexual activity to be displayed in any street or town.
Assemblyman Jerry Green, D-Plainfield, represents the 22nd Legislative District.
Babs is the Director of Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, a member of the DNC Executive Committee, Deputy Vice Chair of the NJ Democratic State Committee, and a member of the Blue Jersey community since 2006.
Photo Credit: PolitickerNJ.com
By: Max Pizzaro at PolitickerNJ
Caught in a local firefight over comments he made about a gay political opponent arrested on a disorderly persons charge, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) of Plainfield showed himself a strong advocate for marriage equality when it counted, according to two openly gay members of the New Jersey Legislature.
They’re both avid Green fans to this day.
“When we had that vote, Jerry Green[below, right] was one of the first African Americans to come out and back marriage equality in 2009,” said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15), Trenton. “He invited me to a house party in Plainfield and asked me to speak. I’ll never forget that, the way he took the time and the interest to do that. He was the only legislator who did that.