Inquirer endorses Zimmer

The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Republican Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate today over long-time incumbent Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park).

The paper said that despite being overshadowed by the presidential race, Zimmer has raised important issues in New Jersey. It touted his fiscal conservatism and pork busting credentials.

“Zimmer is a fiscal conservative who supports cutting taxes and pork-barrel spending, but is a moderate on many social issues – which would go a long way in reaching across the aisle,” it read.

The editorial, however, did not pan Lautenberg, saying that he “has built a solid record delivering federal funds to New Jersey for mass transit, beach replenishment and road projects.” But Lautenberg, it said, did not offer enough specifics about “how he would tackle his fifth term.”

The Inquirer is the first daily newspaper to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate.

Inquirer endorses Zimmer