New jersey Republicans are beginning to rally around Jack Ciattarelli, the successful small businessman who retired early after selling his companies to dedicate himself to public service, as the Party standard bearer and candidate for Governor against Phil Murphy this year.
Jack Ciattarelli, the front runner for the Republican nomination to take on Governor Phil Murphy in November, issued the following statement to MMM on the news of former NJ GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt’s withdrawal as a candidate for governor:
Jack Ciattarelli enhanced his front runner status for the NJ GOP gubernatorial nomination on Friday with endorsements from 25 Republican leaders in Bergen County.
A successful businessman who retired early after selling his companies, Ciatarelli, has been working full time supporting Republican candidates throughout New Jersey for the past four years, the last year as a declared candidate for governor. His efforts are paying dividends in the pre-primary season before county nominating conventions.
Municipal reorganizations are a big deal for New Jersey elected officials, especially during a gubernatorial election year. Newly elected and reelected mayors, council and committee members, and fire chiefs are celebrated and their families are thanked by their communities for their sacrifice. The new officials make optimistic speeches about the future of the communities and big shots from state and county government show up to issue the Oaths of Office and pose for pictures.
In 2009 former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, not yet a declared candidate for Governor, was all over New Jersey swearing in mayors and council members on January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. His first stop was Middletown where he issued the Oath of Office to newly elected Committeeman Tony Fiore as Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger looked on.
The race for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey kicked off in December with dueling videos, social media posts, press releases and endorsements announced by the campaigns for Jack Ciatarelli and Doug Steinhardt.
Ciattarelli won the month and is a superior position going into the pre-nominating conventions, pre-primary season of January, February and March.
Republican County Committee Members and delegates to GOP county nominating conventions throughout New Jersey should mark their calendars for January 23 and February 28 when gubernatorial contenders Jack Ciattarelli and Doug Steinhardt are scheduled to faceoff in debates hosted by The New Jersey Globe.
leadership has announced they are backing Governor Phil
Murphy’s plan to borrow billions to balance New Jersey’s state budget.
The Governor and Democrats are wrong for advancing
this unprecedented scheme. There is no immediate need to borrow. The state’s Fiscal Year 2020,
which ends September 30th, is balanced and includes a $500+ million surplus. Contrary to what the Governor claims, we are not running out of cash nor are we in
danger of not being able to pay our bills. Why are we rushing to incur tremendous debt?
The mess at Motor Vehicle offices yesterday & today is unacceptable. What can the Gov do? To start, he can fire the head of the MVC. Dealt a poor hand, to be sure, the failure in execution yesterday was unacceptable by any measure. Accountability is required. Fix It. pic.twitter.com/vWmtZT5I7Q
Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, the first Republican to declare as a candidate for Governor next year issued a scathing assessment of the Murphy Administration’s reopening of Motor Vehicle Commission facilities and called for Governor Murphy to fire Commissioner Sue Fulton.
The following is Ciattarelli’s ‘Jack Chat’ are prepared for delivery:
Six weeks ago, an unarmed man was needlessly confronted and then killed in Georgia. Last week, a New York City woman became unhinged and reckless in the presence of a harmless man. And this week, America witnessed the murder of a helpless George Floyd. The victims, all black, were our fellow Americans. Fellow citizens who deserved “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
What is happening to us? The passage of time is supposed to make us more tolerant, more respectful, more accepting, more civil, less ignorant.