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Burlington County Times holds nose, supports Hugin

Newspaper says race comes up ‘appallingly short of an enthusiastic endorsement’

By David Wildstein, October 26 2018 9:47 am

The Burlington County Times has endorsed Bob Hugin for U.S. Senate.

“Both candidates for U.S. Senate come up appallingly short of an enthusiastic endorsement. But we cannot, in good conscience, support Bob Menendez, regardless of whatever good he has accomplished in his 12 years of service,” the editorial board wrote, citing Menendez’s rebuke by the Senate Ethics Committee.

Hugin, the newspaper said, “is carrying his own hefty load of baggage, although that hasn’t stopped him from relentlessly pounding Menendez with campaign ads over his ethical slip-ups. Pot, meet kettle.”

“Hugin turned Celgene into a multibillion-dollar company, largely on the success of a cancer drug, for which he has been accused of overinflating the price, to the detriment of cancer sufferers who couldn’t afford it,” The Burlington County Times wrote.  “Other accusations against Hugin during his time at Celgene are equally unflattering, which led to a $280 million settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit.  Now he wants to be a senator.”

It wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, but at least the newspaper, whose endorsement still sways some voters in Burlington County, took a position.

“Because Menendez embarrassed himself and brought disgrace to his office, Hugin deserves a chance to do better, even if our expectations are low,” the editorial board wrote.  “It won’t help him that he is a supporter of former Gov. Chris Christie, President Donald Trump and controversial Supreme Court choice Brett Kavanaugh.”

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