Jack Ciattarelli was endorsed on Monday by Mercer County GOP Chair Lisa Richford, giving him the backing of two-thirds of Republican county chairs in the state as he seeks his party’s nomination to take on Gov. Phil Murphy in November.
“We need a leader, and we need a change — that’s Jack,” said Richford, the 14th county chair to publicly back Ciattarelli. “I know with Jack leading our ticket, we will compete for and win seats across Mercer County and the State. I am proud to endorse Jack and look forward to working with him to win in November and fix our state.”
State GOP leaders have largely coalesced behind Ciattarelli in weeks following the withdrawal of former Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt from the race.
Republican county chairs in Cape May, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren counties have not yet announced their preferred candidate.
Steinhardt is the Warren County GOP Chairman.