Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta thinks that incumbent Cory Booker is going easier on Joe Biden than he did with Brett Kavanaugh. He also slammed Tom Moran, the Star-Ledger editorial page editor, for a “stunning lack of journalistic ethics.”
Mehta’s gripe came from a column Moran wrote this week about whether Booker said he believed all women claiming to be victims of sexual assault or just those of Christine Blasey Ford.
According to Moran, Booker said that he never women should always be believed, just that “all women have a right to heard.
“Less than two years ago he made a spectacle of himself when he said that Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers were to be believed without reservation, and anyone who questioned their claims hated women,” Mehta said. “Now, with Senator Biden facing nearly identical, corroborated charges of sexual assault, Senator Booker is changing his story and moving the goalposts. Sorry, Cory, it doesn’t work that way.”
Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, accused Moran of letting Booker off the hook for “revisionist history.”
“As a political outsider I didn’t even know who Tom Moran was until I started running for office and reading his columns,” Mehta said. “It’s amazing that a person so biased and steeped in hatred for one political party could be put in charge of an editorial page for a newspaper that bills itself as New Jersey’s largest news source.”
The Republican Senate contender said he was “embarrassed for the Star-Ledger after reading Moran’s interview.
“Not only for his fawning over Senator Booker, but for admitting that he will vote for Joe Biden despite believing he is guilty of sexual assault,” Mehta said. “This is the definition of derangement.”
Mehta pointed to a statement made by Booker at a 2018 Iowa Democratic event that “we’re not defined by a president who does not believe women.”
Booker’s office declined comment. Moran did not immediately respond to a 6:19 PM email.