In total, newspapers urge defeat of 18 incumbent legislators

The Home News Tribune has urged the ouster of the most incumbent legislators this year: six. The HNT called for the defeat of Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick), Upendra Chivukula (D-Franklin), Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), and John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville). Only Peter Barnes (D-Edison) survived the wrath of the editorial board. But the HNT also endorsed three incumbent Democrats for re-election to the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders.

The Courier-News wants five incumbents, all Democrats, to be defeated: Linda Stender (D-Fanwood), Gerald Green (D-Plainfield), Egan, Chivukula, and Diegnan. They endorsed three GOP incumbents, Peter Biondi (R-Hillsborough), Denise Coyle (R-Bernards), and John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown) and Barnes.

The Courier-Post wants four Democratic legislators gone: five-term Assemblymen Herbert Conaway (D-Delanco) and Jack Connors (D-Pennsauken); and two special election winners — State Sen. James Beach (D-Voorhees), who went to the Senate after John Adler became a Congressman; and Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-Bridgeton), who won a special election convention earlier this year after Douglas Fisher resigned to become state Secretary of Agriculture. The Gloucester County Times also advocated the defeat of Riley, and the Burlington County Times said Coway should go.

The Record endorsed Republican challengers running against Frederick Scalera (D-Nutley), Joan Voss (D-Fort Lee), and Connie Wagner (D-Paramus); they endorsed ten incumbents for re-election – seven Democrats and three Republicans. The Record also called for the ouster of Democratic Freeholders in Bergen and Passaic counties.

The Press of Atlantic City endorsed a Republican challenger against freshman Assemblyman Matthew Milam (D-Vineland). The newspaper backed five incumbents – one Democrat and four Republicans.

The Vineland Daily Journal endorsed Milam, but urged the defeat of Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Vineland). The paper also wants Riley gone.

The Trenton Times is supporting five incumbents seeking re-election — four Democrats and one Republican — but says that voters should dump Ronald Dancer (R-Plumsted) from his Assembly seat.

The Asbury Park Press endorsed ten incumbent legislators – all Republican. The Express-Times endorsed one incumbent, and the Daily Record has not yet endorsed in legislative races,

The Star-Ledger, the state’s largest daily newspaper, did not endorse any legislative candidates; in 2007, the endorsed only one – Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank), who ousted an incumbent Democratic State Senator in District 12. Thirty years ago, the Star-Ledger endorsed in most districts across the state.

In total, newspapers urge defeat of 18 incumbent legislators