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John McLaughlin, 70; Political Columnist for Newark, N.J., Paper

PASSINGS

August 20, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

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.

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