Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson has always been good for a quick quip, especially when he was talking about the ethical challenges of his Democratic rivals. He was also the leading GOP pit bull when it came to attacks on U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s ethics over the last year. That’s what makes it odd that Wilson has declined several requests for comment on the upcoming criminal sentencing of former Senate President John Lynch. Wilson and the Republican State Committee have not issued any formal statements since the Monday after Thanksgiving, and there has been no partisan comment from Wilson on anything political (including the Democratic Civil War over property tax reform) since his former business partner, Robert Stears, admitted to overbilling the Burlington County Bridge Commission on a public relations contract. Some insiders suggest that Wilson, under fire from Democrats who are demanding that he return his share of The Strategy Group’s revenues from the BCBC, may have lost his standing to criticize Democrats on ethics issues.