John McLaughlin, 70; Political Columnist for Newark, N.J., Paper
John McLaughlin, 70, a longtime political columnist, died Wednesday of cancer and Parkinson’s disease at his home in Morris Township, N.J.
McLaughlin, a native of Philadelphia, worked for newspapers in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, spending the last 24 years of his career at the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.
In the late 1970s, McLaughlin was chief political correspondent for the New York Daily News.
He joined the Star-Ledger in 1981, writing the “New York, New York” column for many years before returning to cover the New Jersey political scene in 1995.