Charles Green, the brother of late Assemblyman Jerry Green, is taking aim at Linden Mayor Derek Armstead after the latter raised complaints over the use of money left over in the Assemblyman’s campaign account.
“My brother has not even transitioned a year yet, and he is using his name to distort distribution of campaign funds,” Charles Green said. “He should well know that the PAC was administered by Mr. Holder. I spoke to Mr. Holder at length before the funds were distributed, and I agreed that the funds were to elect Democrats. As a result, I find no issue that the funds were used to strengthen the party.”
Former Linden Board of Education candidate Kyle Holder distributed the $377,546.23 remaining in Green’s campaign account, according to filings with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
$10,000 was given to the Jerry Green Memorial Scholarship. $329,000 was distributed to area Democratic organizations and candidates, including donations of $8,200 each to the re-election campaigns of State Sen. Nicholas Scutari and his Assembly running mates, Assemblyman James Kennedy and Assemblywoman Linda Carter.
The Union and Monmouth County Democratic committees received $37,000 from the late assemblyman’s account. The Democratic state committee got $25,000 from the same.
“Over the past 25 years Jerry Green and I were both political friend and foe. But I know that for over 50 years that he was part of the struggle and served his community and his county and State of New Jersey with integrity,” Armstead said. “The fact that Scutari chose to contribute $10,000 to honor Assemblyman Green and $329,000 to benefit himself speaks little to Jerry’s character and volumes about him.”