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Senator Linda R. Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) speaks to the press after the bill signing of Jessica Rogers Law today, legislation that upgrades the assault by auto statute for those who are driving in an aggressive manner, also known as road rage.  Also pictured is Assemblyman Dan Benson.

Senate President Steve Sweeney today announced that Senator Linda R. Greenstein will immediately succeed Congressman-elect Donald Norcross as Chair of the Senate Law and Public Safety committee.

“Senator Greenstein has the experience and the ability to lead the Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety, including a record of accomplishment on a wide range of laws that make our communities safer and more secure,” said Senator Sweeney. “She is hard working and dedicated to public service, qualities that will serve her and the committee well.”

Senator Greenstein, an attorney, has a strong legislative track record of protecting New Jersey’s children and families. She has led Legislative efforts to protect children from sex offenders, fighting to strengthen Megan’s Law, including restricting access to the internet for many known sex offenders. She sponsored Caylee’s Law, which makes it a felony for failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours. Greenstein also authored Jessica Rogers’ Law which protects New Jerseyans against drivers with road rage.

“Throughout my career, I have advocated for our state’s most vulnerable, whether it be people with disabilities, children, seniors or the poor,” said Senator Greenstein. “I look forward to continuing that advocacy. I also have great respect for our police and law enforcement. As committee Chair I will work tirelessly to ensure they are supported in their efforts to keep all New Jerseyans safe and secure as they go about their daily lives.”

Senator Greenstein, who previously served as Vice Chair of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, was educated at Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University, and the Georgetown University Law Center and is a specialist in disability law. Prior to becoming a legislator, she was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Community Health Law Project and served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice in Trenton and as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. She also served as a Clinical Associate Professor at Seton Hall Law School.

Senator Greenstein serves as an Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate.  She is also Vice Chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and sits on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.