This story was updated to include The Press of Atlantic City policy on candidate endorsements.
The Press of Atlantic City did not endorse any candidate in the race for Frank LoBiondo’s open House seat in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
The newspaper said last month that they have adopted a no-endorsement policy.
“Telling readers how to vote, however, is contrary to the mission of newspapers and other media, which is to extend the public’s experience and perspectives. Newsgathering organizations give the public eyes, ears and memory beyond the capability of an individual. People want them to be reliable and credible. When the media start making judgments, their audiences wonder if they’re altering their content to support that judgment too,” the editorial board wrote.
In an editorial dated October 31, the newspaper decided not to take sides in the race between Democrat Jeff Van Drew and Republican Seth Grossman, saying that “the contrast between the leading congressional candidates in South Jersey’s 2nd District could hardly be greater.”
“Voters have a good, meaningful choice between major party congressional candidates in the 2nd District. If progressive Democrats and moderate Republicans struggle making it, they can start working toward what they think would be a better option next time.,” the editorial board wrote. “Whoever wins on Tuesday will face voters again in two years.”
The Atlantic City newspaper did not address allegations that Grossman has made racist statements, something that caused him to lose the support of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee and the New Jersey Republican State Committee.
“Van Drew is the mirror image of Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who is retiring in the 2nd District. Both are moderates, almost centrists, who focus on constituent services,” the Press of Atlantic City said. “They generally support their party’s agenda while leaving it occasionally on issues of importance to South Jersey residents.”
They noted that Grossman would work with the House Freedom Caucus.
“Grossman’s mission in Congress would be to protect the agenda of President Donald Trump and focus on national issues such as the Constitution, personal and economic freedom, and restoring the ability ‘to have an honest discussion on any issue,’” the editorial board wrote.