Jack Ciattarelli hits campaign trail with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel
Virginia and New Jersey are the only states in the country with elections for governor this November.
Much of the national attention among Republicans has focused on Virginia because polls show a tighter race there. But that attention shifted Tuesday as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee hit the campaign trail with New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.
“What the hell have you got to lose? Give us a chance,” Ciattarelli said at his event in Medford, Burlington County.
With just two weeks until Election Day, Republicans rallied to get out the vote for the former New Jersey assemblyman.
“This does not just happen. It is all of us working from now until Election Day,” said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “People's families are being hurt under Phil Murphy. And everyone knows it. Let's not forget his disastrous record on COVID, where so many people lost loved ones because of a governor who failed them. You talk about [former New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo. Phil Murphy is just as bad.”
Gov. Phil Murphy has defended his COVID-19 response, including deaths in nursing homes, and points to a high vaccination rate compared to other states as evidence of his leadership.
“We can win this race. Do not let anybody stay home because they think we can’t win or it’s rigged,” Ciattarelli said.
New Jersey Republicans, including state chair Bob Hugin, say the election could be won or lost based on voter turnout.
“People don't trust government, rightfully so, with who we got - freaking national disgrace,” Hugin said. “It's going to be up to each and every one of us to go across the street, go to that neighbor who's sort of a little bit of a jerk, and go to him and say, ‘Buddy, we need you this time.’”
In-person early voting in New Jersey starts this Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 2.