Rik Mehta, who received more votes than any other Republican candidate in state history when he challenged U.S. Senator Cory Booker in 2002, has endorsed Jack Ciattarelli for governor.
“Under Jack’s leadership, New Jersey will see a brighter, safer, healthier and more prosperous future,” said Mehta. “I stand with Jack wholeheartedly and will do my part to make Jack the next governor of New Jersey.”
Mehta slammed Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the state economy and response to the pandemic, as he did during last year’s campaign.
“With 30% of our small businesses shuttered, skyrocketing property taxes, cumbersome regulations that disproportionately impact our low-income communities and residents fleeing the state in droves, Gov. Phil Murphy continues to fail us,” Mehta said. “New Jersey cannot live through four more years of Phil Murphy and his disastrous policies. Phil Murphy has yet to hold himself accountable and own his mistakes.”
Mehta received 1,817,052 votes in his statewide run. That topped the previous record set by Clifford Case, a Republican who won his fourth term in the U.S. Senate with 1,743,854 votes in 1972.
That performance could put Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, in the mix to become Ciattarelli’s running mate as the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.
He cited Ciattarelli’s record as a small business owner and his record in the legislature of “putting policy over politics.”
“Jack is an experienced legislator who has a record of putting policy over politics. Jack is an all-around good guy, husband and family man who has raised four kids of his own. And, most importantly, Jack is empathetic and listens,” Mehta said. “At a time where our state is divided among self-serving politicians, Jack is ready to listen to us and serve the people.”
Ciattarelli also picked up endorsements today from key GOP leaders in Atlantic County: Ventnor Mayor Beth Holtzman, Absecon Republican Club President Nick LaRotonda, Buena Vista Republican Club President Aaron Krenzer, Buena Vista Municipal Chair Henry Coia, and Hamilton Township Club President Randolph Lafferty.