EDITORIAL: Vote Pallone For Senate

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On Tuesday, Democrats will choose between four candidates who want to serve in the U.S. Senate. Three would be excellent choices, but one stands a bit above the others.

Congressman Frank Pallone has represented New Jersey residents from Middlesex and Union counties in Washington, D.C. for more than two decades. We agree with the family of Frank Lautenberg that Pallone is the best choice to continue the late senator’s legacy.

Pallone played a leading role in passing the Affordable Care Act, which will allow 32 million Americans to receive health care coverage who otherwise would not have it. He also helped pass a law to require health insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they cover physical illnesses.

He has fought to stop drilling for oil and natural gas off of the East Coast and authored a bill that would make polluters responsible for the costs of cleaning up Superfund sites.

While Pallone has run as a regular guy who “gets things done,” his opponent Cory Booker has been too busy hobnobbing with the rich and famous to focus on the city of Newark. Last week, the “absentee mayor” skipped a candidates’ forum attended by his three opponents that was held in Newark so he could attend a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser with Oprah Winfrey in Jersey City.

The national homicide rate fell 17% since Booker took office, but the number of Newark killings has climbed every year since 2008. Booker slashed 25% of city jobs in 2010, but the first tax cut of his tenure was announced just one month ahead of the Senate primary. Newark’s unemployment rate is four points higher than the state’s rate.

New Jersey cannot afford to send Booker to Washington. Rep. Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver are both good choices, but we believe that Frank Pallone is the best candidate to represent the Garden State in the U.S. Senate.


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