New Jersey businessman and former state lawmaker Jack Ciattarelli told Fox News on Wednesday that although his run is the less narrow of two governors’ races in November, he and his team are confident that ‘they can remove an upset and overthrown Liberal Democratic governor. Philip Murphy.
Ciattarelli told “Hannity” that despite a 10-point vote deficit, he predicts that the polls will continue to shrink as Nov. 2 approaches in the Garden State – pointing out that despite his liberal bent, voters in the State have elected Republicans in Trenton in six of the last ten races.
“If you look at history, we win races, but we don’t advance until election day,” he said. “We are exactly where we need to be at this point. We are in a better position than previous gubernatorial candidates… We are going to carve out the razor thin margin that we always have in the past.”
The state’s last Republican governor, Chris Christie, saw his lieutenant, Kimberly Guadagno, lose to Murphy four years after his tenure, but Ciattarelli said Murphy’s political message and the many failures on the Mitigation of the coronavirus pandemic will be a factor on Elections Day.
Murphy recently pointed out that if taxes are the voter’s problem, then New Jersey is not their state, and defends it as East Coast California, the candidate noted. Murphy made the latter point during a 2017 discussion with then-California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown.
Host Sean Hannity noted that Murphy’s COVID nursing home death toll rivaled that of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the former Goldman Sachs executive never had the same press as the outspoken Democrat in Queens.
As alluded to, New Jersey under Murphy has seen several types of socio-economic lockdowns and mandates similar to its three Blue State neighbors of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York, which crippled its economy and led to the permanent closure of many family businesses.
“He’s telling people to go,” Ciattarelli said of Murphy. “The people of this state love this state, they realize that it is broken.”
“[Murphy] is deaf, he’s elitist, and he’s just not from New Jersey. We will continue to hammer this house, ”he said of his post, which features running mate Diane Allen, former Philadelphia news anchor and former Burlington lawmaker.
Ciattarelli and Allen promoted their ticket at rallies and in signage as “Jack & Diane” – in reference to the John Mellencamp song.
The Somerville businessman told Hannity his campaign was focused on reducing state property taxes and improving the business climate.
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“I think we are dying a slow death and we will change that with my administration,” he said.
In the other gubernatorial race this year, Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin is seeking to prevent former Democratic governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe from retaining his former seat. This race is within the statistical margin of error in recent polls.