Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli tries to convince voters Murphy isn’t right for NJ

The race for New Jersey governor will be decided Tuesday night on Election Day.

News 12 Staff

Nov 1, 2021, 10:29 AM

Updated 901 days ago

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The race for New Jersey governor will be decided Tuesday night on Election Day.
Early polls show that Gov. Phil Murphy, the Democratic incumbent, holds a solid lead over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. The polls show that 50% of New Jersey residents will or already have cast their vote for Murphy, compared to 42% voting for Ciattarelli.
Both candidates made their final push on Monday to get supporters at the polls.
Ciattarelli capped his final day trying to convince voters that he is a “Jersey Guy” and casting Murphy as an outsider.
“He’s not New Jersey, and in 24 hours, he’s not our governor. I’m telling you now,” Ciattarelli told his supporters.
But this may not be true if the polls are correct.
“The internal polls in both camps is that this is a dead heat. We’re right where we need to be,” Ciattarelli said. “And if you look at history, this has gone exactly as it always has before with that Tom Kean Sr., Christie Todd Whitman and Chris Christie first wins were right there.”
Murphy is trying to become the first Democrat to win reelection in New Jersey in nearly 45 years.
“Try to remember the state on the day that I put my hand on the Bible almost four years ago,” Murphy said.
The governor says that his record speaks for itself. He has legalized marijuana in the state, raised taxes on millionaires and increased the minimum wage.
“We have a grossly unfair criminal justice system. The widest white/non-white gap versus incarcerated in America,” Murphy said.
But his COVID-19 pandemic performance may leave him vulnerable, with more than 8,000 nursing home deaths. And there is an investigation into state-run veterans’ homes.
Ciattarelli says that Murphy’s prolonged pandemic restrictions crushed small businesses throughout the state.
“Add it all up. Property taxes, business climate. What he’s done in the nursing homes, what he’s done on Main Street. All of the above, it all aggerates to a win,” Ciattarelli says.
“Even in the midst of the overwhelming tragedy of this pandemic, folks, it is sunrise in New Jersey,” Murphy says.
A Ciattarelli supporter told News 12 New Jersey that he is a bit concerned the Ciattarelli may have focused too much on property taxes in his campaign. But Ciattarelli says that one can’t focus on property taxes enough.
He says that he will continue to work on voters on Tuesday in the final hours of the race.


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