Zimmer and Lance are New York Times’ GOP picks

In its two Republican Primary endorsements, The New York Times today backed former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer for United States Senate, and state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) for Congress in the 7th District.

The Times endorsement of Zimmer over state Se. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) and economist Murray Sabrin criticized Zimmer for setting a deadline for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq while advocating for a permanent extension of the Bush administration tax cuts.

But the paper praised him for compiling a “strong record” in the House on ethics reform and the environment, and appreciates his pro-choices views.

In the 7th District primary, the Times called Lance “one of the party’s most effective members of the State Legislature.”

Zimmer and Lance are New York Times’ GOP picks