The Courier-Post has endorsed a split ticket in the fourth district State Assembly race, backing incumbent Paul Moriarty (D-Washington Twp.) and attorney Domenick DiCicco, a Republican who is seeking the open seat of retiring Assemblywoman Sandra Love (D-Gloucester Twp.).
"(DiCicco) gets our nod because of his passion for reducing the size and cost of government. He wants any state tax increases over a set percent to have to be voted on by all New Jerseyans — a great idea. He wants to cut programs that aren't working, have an elected, independent state auditor and give New Jerseyans more power to put legislation on the ballot themselves. He wants New Jersey to have a Web site like one in Colorado that allows people to go online and see how the state spends every tax dollar," the editorial said. "DiCicco gets it. He wants to put power in the people's hands and make New Jersey more affordable."
The newspaper said Moriarty "has stuck his neck out for good causes," including a plan to cut state worker salaries and benefits by 15%."
"Moriarty took a beating from unions. But it was the right idea then, and it remains so today," the Courier-Post said.
The newspaper called the other two candidates — Democrat Bill Collins and Republican Eugene Lawrence, both from Gloucester Township – "capable candidates," but said "Moriarty and DiCicco are the strongest voices with the best ideas. They deserve to win."