Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State, faces five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the 7th district, while Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and assistant U.S. Attorney, is competing with Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) for the open 11th district seat of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding).
The Times says they endorsed Lance ten years ago because he was a ‘voice of moderation,” but that the incumbent has become “more conservative than we expected” by opposing Obamacare and backing President Donald Trump.
“While Mr. Lance makes a case for being a moderate bridge between the parties, Mr. Malinowski makes a better case for bipartisanship that can get results with Democratic leadership. He deserves voters’ support,” the Times editorial board wrote on a back-handed slap of Lance’s claim that he is one of the most bi-partisan members of Congress as a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus.
The Times cites Webber’s opposition to funding Planned Parenthood and Trump’s endorsement of his candidacy in their endorsement of Sherrill.
“Sherrill offers a centrist campaign that should appeal to voters who elected Mr. Frelinghuysen every two years for more than two decades,” the editorial board wrote. “For example, she has not come out in favor of a full repeal of the Republicans’ 2017 tax bill, nor does she support initiatives like free community college or a single-payer health care system because they’d require tax hikes.”
The Times endorsed Sherrill in a contested Democratic primary last spring.
The New York Times also endorsed four Democrats seeking to flip GOP districts in New York as part of their call for Democrats to take control of the House.