Ciattarelli invites former and potential opponents to his campaign kickoff

Kim Guadagno and Jack Ciattarelli at the 2017 GOP nominating convention

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli is apparently looking to clear his path to the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination by inviting his past and potential political opponents to attend his campaign kickoff.

Ciattarelli, who lost the GOP gubernatorial primary to former Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno in 2017, will ceremonially announce his candidacy at his high school alma matter in Raritan on January 21, according to a NewJerseyGlobe report.  He told the Associated Press that he was running last February and has been a frequent guest at GOP events throughout New Jersey ever since.

MMM has learned that the candidate has personally invited Guadagno, as well and NJ GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Monmouth County GOP Chairman, Sheriff Shaun Golden, and former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin to attend the event.

Steinhardt and Golden are widely mentioned as potential gubernatorial candidates. Hugin recently became Chairman of Garden State Initiative, a think tank dedicated to presenting solutions to New Jersey’s fiscal crisis.  He told MMM last year that he was open to running for governor under the right circumstances. Guadagno is the CEO of Fulfill (formerly the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) and is unlikely to reenter the political arena in 2020 or 2021.

Attending a campaign kickoff is tantamount to an endorsement.  Attendees can expect their image to appear in a candidate’s campaign commercials, literature and Rhoda’s facebook posts, if she goes.

Coincidentally, Guadagno, Steinhardt, Golden and Hugin all say have conflicts on January 21 and will be unable to attend Ciattarelli’s event.

Posted: January 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2021 NJ Gubernatorial race, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Ciattarelli invites former and potential opponents to his campaign kickoff”

  1. What??? said at 11:19 am on January 14th, 2020:

    Joe Rullo wasn’t invited???

  2. Monmouth Girl said at 8:38 am on January 15th, 2020:

    Who is Joe Rullo?

  3. Monmouth Guy said at 10:25 am on January 15th, 2020:

    A guy with a massive ego who thinks he is the second coming of Ronald Reagan but has not actually been elected to anything. Oh and he can sell you some solar panels too.

  4. @ Monmouth Girl said at 11:37 am on January 16th, 2020:

    He’s run for a lot of things including Governor, but never elected. Hence my snarky comment 🙂

  5. Shaun said at 11:42 am on January 18th, 2020:

    is going to curbstomp this clown.

  6. @Shaun said at 9:43 pm on January 18th, 2020:

    Let’s not act like Democrats.

    I support Shaun if he runs. But I’ve met Jack amd spoken with him personally.

    Have you?

    He’s no clown. Nice guy.

  7. @@ Shaun said at 1:59 am on January 19th, 2020:

    Jack is a loser who couldn’t beat Kim. Shaun is the future of the NJ GOP. You’re right, let’s not act like Democrats, don’t pretend to be offended over words.

  8. @ @@Shaun said at 1:46 pm on January 19th, 2020:

    Whatever honey

  9. Wish I thought said at 10:59 pm on January 19th, 2020:

    any of the above could win in 2021: we seem to get more “blue” by the year, county by county, town by town. If Trump doesn’t do fairly well here, and we lose Smith and newly-minted Republican Congressman Van Drew, forget all the usual north vs south Jersey clamoring to win the primary, we’ll just get slammed again. Absent a really bad scandal, and/or a large split in the Dems, can’t see any of them being able to start turning this mess around.