New York Times endorses Lautenberg

Impressed by the senator’s political perspective and his work to secure greater federal commitment to mass transit and Amtrak, The New York Times today endorsed U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) for re-election over U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello.

“What really matters is that he has not lost his enthusiasm for sensible, progressive causes,” the editorial notes of the 84-year old senator, also citing Lautenberg’s work to protect chemical plants from terrorist attacks.

Writing Cresitello off as not a serious candidate, The Times criticizes Lautenberg and Andrews for voting in favor of the 2006 law that suspended habeas corpus for “illegal enemy combatants,” which both lawmakers now admit was a mistake.

But the newspaper is pointedly critical of Andrews regarding his work leading up to the Iraq War.

Andrews “maintains that he would be more effective than Mr. Lautenberg in working with Republicans to break logjams on crucial issues,” the editorial states.

“That’s not terribly attractive to us, given his record in this area. Mr. Andrews did not just vote for the war resolution in 2002, he was a prominent and eager Democratic cheerleader for Mr. Bush’s effort to sell the war to Congress and the public.”

The paper also cites Andrews’s support for what it calls a “misbegotten constitutional amendment to ban flag burning,” which Lautenberg opposed.

New York Times endorses Lautenberg