Star-Ledger endorses Lance

The Star-Ledger today endorsed state Sen. Leonard Lance over Assemblywoman Linda Stender for Congress in the 7th District.

The largest newspaper in the state called Lance (R-Flemington) a “moderate Republican in the Clifford Case mold,” and lauded his environmental record and his “bone-deep distaste for debt.”

While it had kind words for Stender (D-Fanwood) as well, the paper cited Lance’s 17 years in Trenton versus Stender’s six. But it criticized the Democrat for trying to distance herself from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s claim in a mailer that Lance supported Gov. Christie Whitman’s pension bonding while not repudiating it.

Stender had criticized a Ledger columnist for equating the DCCC mailer with her own campaign.

The editorial noted that the paper endorsed Stender over incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-Warren) in 2006.

The Stender camp was unfazed by the endorsement.

“Endorsements don’t vote. So the only endorsement we’re seeking is the onefrom voters on Nov 4,” said Stender spokeswoman Irene Lin.

Star-Ledger endorses Lance