Ex-GOP Lawmaker Announces Bid For NJ Governor In 2021

Wayne Cabot
January 22, 2020 - 3:39 pm
Jack Ciattarelli

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RARITAN, N.J. (AP) — A former Republican lawmaker is launching a campaign to challenge Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in next year's gubernatorial contest.

Jack Ciattarelli kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Eisenhower Intermediate School, where he attended kindergarten, saying that Murphy has failed to fix the state's high taxes and that people are leaving the state.

Ciattarelli says that he is the Republican who can beat Murphy, pointing out that no Democratic governor has won a second term in 43 years.  

Ciattarelli was a state Assembly member from 2012 until 2018 and finished second in 2017 in the GOP race for governor.

Ciattarelli told WCBS 880's Wayne Cabot that he can fix New Jersey and lower taxes by reworking school funding and regionalizing services.

He called for a new state constitution to address the state's school-funding formula and affordable housing requirements.

WCBS 880 contributed to this report.