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Republican National Chair Ronna McDaniel campaigns in Burlington County on October 19, 2021. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

GOP National Chair say Jack Ciattarelli is more like Susan Collins than Tommy Tuberville

Ronna McDaniel says there’s room in GOP for candidates who don’t follow national platform

By Joey Fox, October 19 2021 4:10 pm

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel spoke to a throng of devoted Republicans in Burlington County today, encouraging them to get out the vote for Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli and other Republicans up and down the ballot.

“This does not just happen, it is all of us working from now until Election Day,” McDaniel said to the packed Burlington County Republican headquarters in Medford. “I know, I’m from a state that everybody thought was blue and we turned it red – and you can too.”

McDaniel was joined at the event by Ciattarelli and his running mate Diane Allen, as well as the Republican nominees for the 7th and 8th legislative districts and for local Burlington County offices. In his remarks, Ciattarelli encouraged the crowd of would-be volunteers and canvassers to support every GOP candidate they can.

“It’s not just the governorship, it’s all 120 seats in the state legislature,” he said. “Let’s double down. You want change? You’ve got to make a change. Give yourself something you haven’t given yourself in 28 years: a Republican governor with a Republican majority, and let us show you what we can do.”

McDaniel’s visit is a notable move on Ciattarelli’s part; running in a blue state, his stances are clearly more moderate than those of national Republicans like McDaniel. But in an interview after today’s event, McDaniel said that she supports Ciattarelli running on a platform that could win in New Jersey even if it’s not the national Republican platform.

“You should embody the state that you’re going to represent,” she said. “[Maine Senator] Susan Collins is going to be different than [Alabama Senator] Tommy Tuberville. We’re going to have a lot of differences and a wide spectrum within our party, and that’s good. We’re a big-tent party, and we need to have diverse opinions and represent the states that we’re elected to govern.”

McDaniel also highlighted the importance of races this cycle to ones next cycle and beyond, when Republicans will likely try to flip as many as four Democratic-held House seats in New Jersey.

“[The gubernatorial race] is certainly an opportunity to field test and look at our team and look at our turnout operations,” she said. “It gives us a really good opportunity to prepare for 2022 – but we’re focused right now on Jack and Diane.”

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