Star Ledger Letters To The Editor
Star Ledger Letters To The Editor – U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, left, is an effective centrist, a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers’ Caucus. Tom Keane Jr. promises to be loyal to Trump and limit abortion rights. Aristide Economopoulos file photos | for Advance Media
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Star Ledger Letters To The Editor
The Star-Ledger began endorsing candidates for Congress this week with a piece on the hottest race of them all, the contest between Rep. Tom Malinowski and his challenger, former state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. in the 7th District. We helped Malinowski, and it wasn’t a close call.
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Keane Jr. is running a most bizarre campaign, refusing to hold town hall meetings or talk to the press, as if his last name will carry the day, given the popularity of his father, the former governor.
He has one website for the public that avoids taking clear positions on anything, and does not mention the word abortion. But he has another aimed at conservatives that is full of Trumpian slogans, and promises to use his seat in Congress to protect “the sanctity of life” by pushing national laws that will limit abortion rights in all states, including New Jersey.
He called himself “pro-choice” at a recent forum, but he voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood as a state senator, and his final vote in Trenton was cast against a clean bill to protect abortion rights. Go count.
Normally, we would try to unravel this mess at an editorial meeting. Before each election, we invite candidates from both parties and pepper them with questions for about an hour. Malinowski, a centrist member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, played ball and was fluent on all subjects.
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But Kean refused, just as he has refused every interview request during this campaign. We sent him a list of written questions, and he also refused to answer them.
Then dad, the former governor, weighed in. During an interview with David Cruz on Spotlight TV, he blamed everything on me. “Tom Moran put things in the paper that are inaccurate, unfair, and he never got a chance to answer any of those things,” the former governor said.
Ouch. This is coming from a man this newsroom deeply respects. But what he said is simply wrong. Kean gets a chance to comment every time, and we have the emails to prove it. And when challenged, neither father nor son could point to a single error of fact. We asked. This was Trumpian stuff.
Moreover, the supporting editorial drew praise from some of Trump’s major Republican critics, including New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Bill Kristol, the founder of the neocon bible, The Weekly Standard.
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It’s a shame Kean didn’t show up, even knowing he’d face tough questions. This board is center-left, but it supported many Republicans, including Chris Christie, Christie Whitman and Leonard Lance. And it has offered strong support for several conservative initiatives, such as Christie’s pension and health care reforms, and the charter school movement.
Yes, in this Trump era, it’s harder to find common ground with national Republicans. But if Rep. Liz Cheney moves to Jersey from Wyoming, she has a great chance to win our support.
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