Phil Murphy, Jack Ciattarelli make last-minute campaign push ahead of Election Day

With just days to go until New Jersey’s gubernatorial election, the candidates are in an all-out sprint to see as many New Jersey residents as possible.

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2021, 1:15 AM

Updated 904 days ago

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With just days to go until New Jersey’s gubernatorial election, the candidates are in an all-out sprint to see as many New Jersey residents as possible.
Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli took advantage of the law signed by his opponent, Gov. Phil Murphy, to vote in the election early. Ciattarelli cast a vote for himself at the Hillsborough Municipal Building on Friday morning.
“I’m really, really pleased with the performance of the campaign and getting our message out,” Ciattarelli said.
The former state assemblyman is the underdog in the race, being behind in the polls. But those same polls are showing somewhat more enthusiasm on the Republican side than the Democratic side.
“We want to make sure people come out and vote. We want the highest turnout possible. And I’m doing that all throughout the state with all the rallies we’re doing and diner stops and the like. I’ve been very happy with the energy with the crowds and the momentum,” Ciattarelli said.
Murphy held three “Get Out the Vote” rallies on Friday, including one at an Islamic Center in Paterson.
“I’m working morning, noon and night, so our schedule is packed,” Murphy said. “Today, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.”
This is after a week in which Murphy hit the campaign trail with former President Barack Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders. He also hosted an official visit by President Joe Biden.
“We never put our feet up and we won’t,” Murphy said.
The numbers for early voting have been lower than expected. But more registered Democrats have cast their votes than registered Republicans.
“We have to build it over time, so it’s a great step. It’s opening democracy up,” Murphy said.
Ciattarelli said that he also hopes for record turnout from his supporters on Election Day.
Sunday is the last day for early voting. Polls are open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Polls open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday for Election Day.


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