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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Jersey Journal skips endorsement, says voters should pass on governor’s race

By David Wildstein, October 22 2021 8:44 am

The Jersey Journal is telling voters to “skip the top of the ballot this election” because Gov. Phil Murphy didn’t support the Liberty State Park Protection Act.

The editorial in the Hudson County-based newspaper follows a passive aggressive endorsement from The Star-Ledger.  Both newspapers are run by NJ Advance Media and owned by Advance Publications.

The bill the editorial board is talking about seeks to protect the state park from developers and privatization.

“His silence speaks volume,” the editorial said. “It says his billionaire pal Paul Fireman, who has tried to sink the act so he can get his hands on a piece of the park for an expansion of his Liberty National Golf Club, is more important to him than the 725,000 residents of Hudson County and the park’s 4 million annual visitors”

They also claim Murphy “doesn’t care about preserving the 22-acre wildlife sanctuary at the park’s Caven Point Peninsula, one of just a handful of such preserves in all of Hudson County and an important stop on the Eastern Seaboard’s migratory bird path.”

But they said they could never endorse Republican Jack Ciattarelli.

“Unlike Murphy, Ciattarelli wants to get rid of school masks mandates, do away with some of the state’s strict gun restrictions and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.” the Jersey Journal editorial board wrote.  “These values don’t reflect Hudson County.

The editorial doesn’t indicate if they interviewed any of the other three candidates for governor – Madelyn Hoffman of the Green Party, Libertarian Gregg Mele or Joanne Kuniansky of the Socialist Workers Party – before determining that voters should just skip the governor’s race.

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