ELEC: all Newhouse newspapers must wait until after Star-Ledger debate to endorse a gubernatorial candidate

The seven newspapers owned by the Newhouse family's Advance Publications and the two owned by the Borg family's North Jersey Media Group must hold off on endorsements of candidates for governor until after a candidate debate co-sponsored by the Star-Ledger and The Record, according to the head of the commission that regulates New Jersey campaigns.

Sponsors of the debate agreed to withhold endorsements of gubernatorial candidates until after the debate when they applied in July.

"It is our opinion that the prohibition would apply to the other papers and media outlets," Jeff Brindle, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, told PolitickerNJ.com today.

Since the Newhouse papers began sharing content on state politics, stories written by Star-Ledger reporters now appear in the Trenton Times, the Jersey Journal, the Express-Times, the Gloucester County Times, the Bridgeton News, and Today's (Salem) Sunbeam. Another debate sponsor, The Record, is part of the North Jersey Media Group, which also owns the Herald News.

The six daily newspapers operated by Gannett New Jersey, as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer, which are co-sponsoring a second gubernatorial debate sanctioned by ELEC, must wait until after their debate before endorsing a candidate for governor.