It's a severe case of payback for daring to ask a question.
A day after the Senate Ethics Committee's "severe admonishment" of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Steve Lonegan, a conservative Republican congressional candidate in CD05 wrote to the Star-Ledger editorial board and asked when they might comment on the Senate Ethics Committee's action against Menendez.
"The Senate Ethics Committee said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, who avoided conviction in a federal corruption trial last year, violated federal law and Senate rules in accepting unreported gifts from a friend and political ally." (Washington Post, April 26, 2018)
It's now been five days, and the Star-Ledger has yet to comment on Senator Menendez. Instead of making a statement about the corrupt Democrat, Star-Ledger editor Tom Moran quickly scratched around for a Republican to attack. It's called deflection.
Moran claimed that a 12-year-old unfounded allegation from a former Democrat candidate for mayor in Lonegan's hometown, long known as crank, and noted for his serial accusations of officials in Bergen County, amounted to a "gay slur" even though the man alleging the slur isn't gay. When it was pointed out that there was absolutely no proof to the allegation, Moran replied in writing to Lonegan:
"We are also writing about the accusation against you making a gay slur, as you know. We believe that's grounds for you to step down from the race."
Unfortunately, for the Star-Ledger, while editor Moran was writing these lines, a New Jersey court was confirming that the accuser Moran based his attack on had no veracity at all. The case was dismissed. When this was pointed out to Moran, he published anyway.
It is no surprise to those who have been following Moran that the Star-Ledger editor doesn't believe in fairness or due process. After all, in another Star-Ledger editorial (from 2013) Moran labeled the Constitution as a “source of our woes” and suggested that President Obama or a future President Clinton be given the power to appoint 10 senators and 50 congressmen to serve “at large”.
Five days on and still no word from Star-Ledger demanding that corrupt Democrat Bob Menendez step down from the U.S. Senate. Maybe they will never comment?
You can read the Ethics Committee's full statement here: