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Rep. Tom Malinowski at the groundbreaking for the new Portal North Bridge. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Star-Ledger endorses Malinowski for Congress in NJ-7

Newspaper launches scorching attack on Kean, who rejected them

By David Wildstein, October 03 2022 9:20 am

The Star-Ledger has endorsed Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) for re-election in New Jersey’s 7th district on Sunday, praising his record over four years as a congressman and mounting a blistering attack on the record of his Republican challenger, former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield)

“This one is not a close call,” the editorial board wrote.

The endorsement was not unexpected.  The Star-Ledger has been thrashing Kean since 2020, when he nearly unseated Malinowski, and has reacted negatively to the former lawmaker’s refusal to meet with  them.  Kean, seeing the handwriting on the wall, announced last week that he would not seek the newspaper’s support.

First published in the newspaper’s Sunday edition, the endorsement slammed Kean on abortion, prescription drug prices, his opposition to a millionaire’s tax, and support for charter schools.   And the Star-Ledger chides Kean for his “passive support for the MAGA movement” and accused him of “surrendering his own judgment for the MAGA king”

“We asked if he believes the 2020 election was legitimate, and he wouldn’t say. Does he object to Donald Trump’s efforts to stay in power?  Does he believe Trump bears any responsibility for the violence on January 6?   Does he believe Rep. Liz Cheney deserved to be expelled from Republican leadership?  Will he vote for Trump in 2024?” the editorial asked.

Support for Malinowski’s re-election comes with “great enthusiasm,” the editorial board stated, calling him a “relentless advocate for his district.”

The newspaper cited the two-term congressman’s ability to bring federal transportation dollars to New Jersey, including a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

“He’s supported the meat of President Biden’s agenda, including the game-changing support to fight climate change, and the bills to reduce drugs costs by negotiating with Medicare, capping insulin costs, and limiting out-of-pocket spending by seniors at $2,000 a year,” the Star-Ledger stated in their endorsement.

The endorsement also addressed criticism of Malinowski not properly reporting his stock trades, calling it a common paperwork violation.

“That was an inexplicable oversight on Malinowski’s part, but it is not evidence of corruption, just sloppiness,” wrote the editorial board.

“In the end, this election is about much more than the rail tunnel, or the cost of prescription drugs,” the editorial stated.  “This is a moment in American history that reveals the character of our political leaders, a moment when nearly half the country has embraced a conspiracy theory aimed at the heart of our democracy, the big lie.”

Kean alleged that Star-Ledger editorial page editor Tom Moran  “has made frequent statements and written numerous opinion pieces that intentionally distort my positions and record.”

“They include baseless character attacks and seem to be crafted to cater to my opponent’s paid media campaign,” Kean said.  “As he did in 2020, Mr. Moran biased himself long before this endorsement process began.”

The Star-Ledger responded to the letter with another stinging editorial, calling him a rotten tomato.

And when former  Gov. Thomas Kean, who never fought with the press, stood behind his son’s decision, Moran wrote a column saying he was sucker-punched.

This is Malinowski’s third Star-Ledger endorsement.  The newspaper backed his successful bid to unseat five-term Republican Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018 and his re-election bid against Kean in 2020.

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