Star-Ledger endorse Daggett in NJ gov's race

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - October 11, 2009 The Star-Ledger of Newark, the state's largest daily newspaper, gave Daggett its backing in an editorial published Sunday. It cited the need for "radical change" in how state government operates, saying Daggett's election would repudiate the status quo and put "a highly qualified occupant" in the governor's office.

"(Our) decision is less a rejection of Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie than a repudiation of the parties they represent, both of which have forfeited any claim to the trust and confidence of the people of New Jersey," the editorial stated. "They share responsibility for the state's current plight."

Daggett said he appreciated the support.

"I've spoken clearly and specifically about the problems we face, and I also laid out fairly specific solutions that I was hoping would resonate with people," he said Sunday afternoon. "There's a general feeling that politics as usual is not enough. People in New Jersey want to hear the truth and they want credible options and solutions, based on honest assessment."

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