Yesterday the Montclair Times strongly endorsed Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate.
The key question to gain their endorsement- which candidate would stand up to President Bush’s agenda? Clearly, based on his past record of leadership and his current positions, that leader is Bob Menendez. (all emphases mine)
At this crucial juncture in our nation’s history, we need legislators who can offer substan-tive solutions to the Bush administration’s incompetence and the corruption-wallowing GOP-led Congress. Menendez, not Kean, will challenge Bush on the host of mistaken policies purveyed during the past five years.
The Montclair Times, like many across the state of New Jersey, sees this race as a chance for New Jerseyans to voice their disapproval of a failing Bush administration and to change the course:
“Stay the course” has become Bush’s mantra. Stay the course has resulted in the United States’ worst strategized war of the past century. The Katrina-level incompetence of Bush and the appalling corruption of the Republican-dominated Congress is a stain on our national character that requires a new generation of leaders — Democrat, Republican and independent — to rectify.
While insisting on tax cuts, Bush and the GOP irresponsibly spend money obtained by hocking our nation to China, Japan and European nations that buy our treasury bonds by the billions each day. With Bush and the GOP ballooning our national debt, today’s tax break becomes tomorrow’s burden of debt for our children to confront.
The Republican Party has had the chance to uncompromisingly govern the United States, and the GOP has failed in fiscal oversight, healthcare, military administration, diplomacy, Social Security, environmental issues, alternative fuels and secure borders.
The Times also issued a stinging rebuke to Tom Kean Jr’s sleazy campaign tactics:
The Times supports the election of Sen. Robert Menendez to a full term in the Senate. Menendez, a Democrat, articulates stances that will strengthen the United States.
The Times has editorially praised state Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. as a legislator who’s sponsored vitally needed ethical mandates for state government. As the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, however, Kean lobs smears against Menendez while ineffectively articulating his own positions on national issues.
In addition to endorsing Senator Menendez, the Times also endorsed Reps. Pascrell and Payne for reelection to the House of Representatives.