Ex-N.J. Lawmaker Wins GOP Vote, Will Challenge Governor Murphy

June 9, 2021, 9:54 AM

Jack Ciattarelli, a former New Jersey assemblyman, will challenge Democratic Governor Phil Murphy in November after winning the Republican nomination in the state’s primary election. No Democrat has won the seat twice since 1977.

Ciattarelli, 59, a retired businessman and former state Assembly member, defeated three Republican challengers: One ran a grassroots campaign, and two were die-hard Donald Trump fans in a state that twice voted against him for president. Ciattarelli as a lawmaker was critical of Trump, but has attended at least two rallies in his support, including one in November where attendees falsely claimed that Democrat Joe ...

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