Voter Guide: New Jersey State Senate's 14th District Race

Linda Greenstein (D) vs. Tom Goodwin (R)

The race for State Senator representing New Jersey's 14th district can be interpreted as a referendum on the leadership of New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie. Democrat Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, who has served in the Assembly since 2000, is trying to win the Senate Seat of Republican Tom Goodwin, who was appointed in March 2010 after Sen. Bill Baroni resigned to head the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Linda Greenstein (D)

Fast Facts

  • AB in Psychology from Vassar College
  • MA from Johns Hopkins University
  • JD from Georgetown University Law Center
  • Represented 14th legislative district in NJ General Assembly since 2000
  • Assembly’s Assistant Majority Leader since 2002; Deputy Speaker since 2006
  • Chairs Assembly Judiciary Committee; serves on Health & Senior Services and Housing & Local Government Committees

Positions

  • Supports tax incentives for small businesses for every new job they create
  • Opposes raising property taxes
  • Supports keeping tax rebates for residents making less than $75,000/year
  • Favors restoring $7.5 million in family planning funds vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie
  • Opposes privatizing certain functions of state government, as proposed by Gov. Christie

Other Links

Linda Greenstein’s Campaign Site

Greenstein Urges Foe to Back Family Planning (Times of Trenton, September 18, 2010)


Tom Goodwin (R)

Fast Facts

  • Associate Degree from Mercer County Community College
  • Works as a financial consultant
  • Appointed to New Jersey State Senate in March 2010, when Senator Bill Baroni was tapped to head the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Elected to Hamilton Township Council in 2005; became Council President in 2009
  • Lost election to 14th District assembly seat in 2007 by fewer than 800 votes

Positions

  • Reduce state spending rather than raise taxes or fees
  • Impose two-year moratorium on any increases in utility rates
  • No specific stance on privatizing certain functions of state government, as proposed by Gov. Christie

Other Links

Tom Goodwin’s Campaign Site

Privatization May Be an Issue for Goodwin (The Auditor, July 18, 2010)

Goodwin Asks if Trenton School District Abused Taxpayer Funds (The Trentonian, August 21, 2010)

Hamilton's Goodwin sworn-in as NJ senator (The Trentonian, March 16, 2010)


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