The Star-Ledger and the Philadelphia Inquirer have endorsed Rob Andrews for U.S. Senate against incumbent Frank Lautenberg in the Democratic primary. Both papers also endorsed Dick Zimmer for the GOP nomination, although the Star-Ledger said they would back Andrews or Lautenberg over Zimmer in the general election.
“Lautenberg is 84. He’s had four terms in the Senate and will be 90 by the time the next term ends. While age alone is not a sufficient reason to back Andrews, who is 50, neither is longevity in Washington a sufficient reason to retain Lautenberg,” the Star-Ledger wrote. “Eliminating the age factor, Andrews still is the better choice. He has a comprehensive vision of where the country should be going and can articulate detailed plans for getting there. On any issue — from health care, to withdrawing from Iraq, to meeting transportation needs, to dealing with soaring gas prices — Andrews has well-thought-out proposals.”