Saturday, January 17, 2009

Honesty? Honestly!

How interesting that Jerry Green proclaims, "Honesty is a Virtue."
Telling the truth did not seem to be on his conscience when he wrote on a recent blog, "It is now obvious that the 1,000 votes Bernice and John Campbell got for the McCain/Palin ticket procured the agenda of soliciting sour grapes."
I have been a registered Democrat all my adult life, which is more than some local RDO aisle-jumpers can say. For the third-in-line Democratic Assembly member to toss out a patently false allegation against a constituent, on his official blog no less, is unbecoming to the office, unfair to me and a disservice to the public with whom he claims to be communicating. This bathroom-wall style of rhetoric does, however, reveal the person behind the high-flown declaration of honesty as a virtue.
More from the aspiring candidate for re-election: "As campaign season rounds into place for me, I look back over the past election, and feel confident with those past results and eager with excitement of the results to come. By winning the City of Plainfield, 70% of the vote, out of 50,000 voters, just under 600 voted against me."
Maybe it is just an honest mistake, but shouldn't someone in politics know that residency is not the same as being registered to vote? Before the November 2007 election, there were only 18,080 registered voters in Plainfield. Click here to see another recent take on the numbers by Jerry and Plaintalker's earlier take.

As Jerry has also said on his blog, "Therefore, it is time for every duck to fall in line with the premise of order."
Let us all agree that honesty is a virtue, honesty is the best policy and, as the great sage Stan Laurel once opined, "Honesty is the best politics."

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Green never ceases to amaze. Bernice, don't waste any space on your blog on the assemblyman. It is not worth it.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the Jerry Green – Robinson-Briggs administration having had the same effect as the Bush Administration to the US the best thing would be for him to not say anything. Losing Muhlenberg, higher taxes, less representation, the worst streets ever in the history of Plainfield, School system trying to dig its way out from the Green run choices, this is what he is proud of? If Plainfield reelects the same people that put us in this mess then we deserve what we get. Plainfield has to be nonpartisan and vote for the candidate.

7:37 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Way to go girl! I suppose honesty is the eye of the fabricator.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am puzzled by the comment below, made by Jerry Green:

"By winning the City of Plainfield, 70% of the vote, out of 50,000 voters, just under 600 voted against me."

You have written several times that the number of registered voters in Plainfield number about 18,000. Is that true, or did more people register due to Obama? How do these voting numbers work? I thought Plainfield only had 50-60,000 people.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

In October 2007, there were 18,080 registered voters. In October 2008, the number grew to 22,516. These figures are from the Union County Board of Elections and are online for all to see, including breakdowns by affiliation.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will say it again. Jerry Green never ceases to amaze. Bernice, don't waste any space on your blog on the assemblyman. It is not worth it.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a feeling of freedom knowing that in a few short months, Planfield will have a new mayor, and hopefully one less busy body (JG) involved in our politics.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Bernice,

I don't understand why Jerry Green feels that he has to tear down other people who are doing a community service, such as you are doing with your blog. Like you I am a constituent, yet he is always saying negative things about the residents of Plainfield who question our leadership. To me, this is part of the responsibility of leadership. We should be able to critique, criticize, and be upset. When I hear Green criticize residents who do good community work, like take part in literacy volunteers, park cleanups, food, toy and clothing drives, PHS booster club activities and church work, just because they disagree with him or the mayor, it makes me wonder why anyone supports him. We can disagree, but he has been so nasty and unfair at times, and I have actually heard him lose his temper and curse at constituents. Does he do this in the other towns of the 22nd district, or just in Plainfield? I have friends in a few of the other towns Green represents, and they have never seen him act this way, actually, they have never seen him at all. They do see Linda Stender, but none of them have ever seen her curse at or publicly disrespect a constituent.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only that, he's illiterate.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Bernice..I agree with some other comments here. Answering anything Slick Jerry has to say about anything is giving him credibility. Much like the State Democratic Party we in Plainfield should simply ignore anything and everything about him. Soon he too shall fade away into the dust. It's too bad former US Attorney General Christie didn't go after him before he left as we all know he would have found something on him and he would be gone....seems as though Plainfields timing is always slightly off.. to bad for us. The mere fact he has a Blog is his desperate attempt to answer the blatant and obvious mocking of him...which is soooooo painful to read..that's why I don't. It's like listening the John Corzine talk about property tax reform..LIES.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is in the toilet. My property taxes have gone up. The public are still struggling. Crime is rising (albeit the Mayor had bodyguards at taxpayer's expense). State funds are decreasing. Unemployment is rising.

Assemblyman who? Give me a break.

I will say it for the third and final time. Jerry Green never ceases to amaze. Bernice, don't waste any space on your blog on the assemblyman. It is not worth it.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

It is nice to see that you and Dan have stirred the pot as of late...all this activity keeps me coming back again and again to check the comments!!

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad -- but not even remotely surprising -- that the assemblyman would stoop to such tactics. Anyone who's been paying attention knows that, for years, he's been playing this same tired strategy: He doesn't have anything to say about his own accomplishments, so he'll vilify any person who dares speak in objective terms.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sue the #$!%@&%

11:58 AM  

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