Can NJ Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Defy The Odds And Oust Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy?

Can NJ Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Defy The Odds And Oust Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy?

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New Jersey may be a blue state where Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans, but GOP nominee for governor Jack Ciattarelli argues that “when it comes to gubernatorial elections, we’re a purple state with a tint of red.”

In exclusive interviews this weekend on Fox News Channel and with Fox News Digital, Ciattarelli pointed to recent Garden State political history, emphasizing that “Republicans have won six out of the last 10 gubernatorial elections in this state. In fact, in four-plus decades no incumbent Democratic governor has been reelected. Not Jim Florio, not Jim McGreevey, not Jon Corzine.”


“Yes, there are more Democrats than Republicans, but that doesn’t mean that they’re stupid,” the former GOP Assembly member added.

After easily capturing the GOP gubernatorial nomination last week, Ciattarelli quickly criticized Gov. Phil Murphy and vowed that the Democratic incumbent who’s running for reelection “will be one and done in 21.”

But that won’t be an easy task this November.

Patrick Murray, polling director of the Garden State-based Monmouth University Polling Institute, emphasized that “it’s an uphill battle for a Republican right now to knock off an incumbent governor, particularly considering the fundamental advantage Democrats currently have in New Jersey with a double-digit registration edge.”

And Murray noted that “an election with an incumbent governor is about how the governor has done for the past four years and whether they deserve to be reupped for another four. Based on where we stand right now, the governor’s job approval rating is solid – largely because of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.”

But Ciattarelli charged that “Phil Murphy’s polices have failed New Jersey.”

And he told Fox News that he’ll “continue to focus on the two things that affect everybody that are also the two things that Phil Murphy never wants to talk about. We have the highest property taxes in the nation. That’s a tax that touches every individual, whether they own or rent. It touches every business, whether that business owns or rents.”

Ciattarelli stressed that “we need to lower our property taxes, and we can do that with a new school-funding formula. And that will be the focus in

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