Inquirer Editorial: N.J. choices

Posted: June 07, 2011

The entire Legislature is up for election in New Jersey this year, but only two suburban Philadelphia primary races Tuesday are contested.

Here's a recap of The Inquirer's recommendations:

In the Seventh District, voters shouldn't hesitate to vote for the incumbent, DIANE ALLEN, in the Republican primary for State Senate. Allen has won respect from voters in the Democratic-leaning district in Burlington County.

Allen is not a rubber stamp for Gov. Christie, and recently opposed him on cutting funds for women's health clinics and making it harder for poor families to qualify for Medicaid. She is opposed by Carol Lokan Moore, an Edgewater Park businesswoman.

KEITH WALKER is the best choice in the Republican primary for state Senate in the Fifth District, which includes parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties. For many years, the district's senator was Wayne Bryant, who was convicted of corruption in 2008.

Walker, 54, is ready to walk a very different path. The former assistant business manager for Camden was fired by then-Mayor Milton Milan for opposing his policies. Milan was later convicted of corruption in 2001.

Walker's opponent is George A. Gallenthin 3d, of Woodbury, a retired lawyer. The GOP winner will face State Sen. Donald Norcross, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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