Biggest NJ Paper Advises: ‘Choke It Down, And Vote For Menendez’

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October 29, 2018 11:51 a.m.

The editorial board for the Star-Ledger, the biggest paper in New Jersey, is advising its readers to choose the lesser of two evils and vote for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

The board argues that Menendez, who was indicted on federal corruption charges which were ultimately dropped after a mistrial, is still preferable to Republican Bob Hugin due to his dedication to issues like immigration and health care. They also note that Menendez is an avid critic of President Donald Trump.

Hugin, on the other hand, comes with his own hefty bundle of corruption, as well as an adoration of Trump that they say tips him over the line.

“And when you get past ethics, the central issue in this race is Donald Trump,” the board writes. “The question is which candidate can best fight Trump’s toxic policies, his grotesque appeals to racial and ethnic tribalism, and his corrosive attacks on the pillars of our democracy, starting with the rule of law. That makes this an easy decision: Menendez is the better choice, by far. He has our endorsement.”

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