The Philadelphia Inquirer has endorsed the Rev. Dale Glading for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s first district. In order to take his second shot at U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights), Glading must first win the four-candidate GOP primary; among his opponents are former Gloucester County GOP Chair Loran Oglesby and controversial ’09 Assembly candidate Lee Lucas. Andrews faces a primary challenge from a perennial candidate.
The Inquirer has also endorsed former Tabernacle Township Committeeman Justin Murphy for the Republican House nomination in District 3. Murphy, who ran a strong race in 2008, faces the choice of the Ocean, Burlington and Camden GOP organizations, former NFL star Jon Runyan. The winner will face freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill), who has the Inquirer’s support in his primary campaign against Barry Bendar, the Lacey Democratic Municipal Chairman who has criticized Adler’s vote against the Obama health care package.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) and Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), both facing primary challenges, were also endorsed by the Inquirer.