New Jersey’s daily newspapers have declined to endorse seventeen incumbents seeking re-election to the State Assembly: the Press of Atlantic City is backing former Atlantic City Mayor James Whelan in his race against Republican Kirk Conover in the second district; the Courier-Post is supporting GOP challengers in the third, fourth and sixth districts over Democrats John Burzichelli, Douglas Fisher, David Mayer and Louis Greenwald — the Gloucester County Times endorsed Burzichelli but not Fisher or Mayer; the Courier Post also endorsed Democratic challengers in the eighth district over GOP incumbents Francis Bodine and Larry Chatzidakis; and the Asbury Park Press picked Republicans Jennifer Beck and Declan O’Scanlon over Democrats Michael Panter and Robert Morgan, who won their seats in 2003 largely as a result of the newspaper’s battle for ethics reform. The Courier-News is urging the election of a Republican in the 18th district against incumbent Peter Barnes, the election of a Republican in the 22nd district against incumbent Linda Stender, and the election of a Democrat in the 23rd district against incumbent Michael Doherty. The Record said that Assemblyman Fred Scalera did not deserve re-election, instead endorsing a Republican challenger and a Democratic newcomer for the two 36th district seats, and endorsed a challenger in the 39th district against longtime GOP incumbent John Rooney. The Home News Tribune wants Democrat Joseph Egan out. The Courier-Post refused to endorse the re-election of Democrats Joseph Roberts and Nilsa Cruz-Perez, strongly chastising Camden County Republicans for their failure to recruit candidates against them. In the 35th district, The Record gave at best a lukewarm endorsement for Democratic incumbents Alfred Steele and Nellie Pou. Of these districts, only Conover, Panter and Morgan face serious challengers next week.