Grassroots conservative activist and former Trump campaign advisor Steve Rogers endorsed Jack Ciattarelli for governor on Friday calling the ex-Somerset County assemblyman “the best candidate New Jersey Republicans can nominate to defeat Phil Murphy.”
The endorsement of Ciattarelli by Rogers, a former Nutley Commissioner and 2017 gubernatorial candidate, comes on the day that GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt launched his own bid for governor with a back-handed slap at Ciattarelli’s refusal to back Trump in 2016.
“Some cut and run from our president during tough times, hoping you wouldn’t notice, while others were never there in the first place,” Steinhardt said in a video announcing his candidacy.
Rogers was one of the first New Jersey GOP elected officials to back Trump at a time when most of the state’s Republican establishment was supporting Gov Chris Christie for president.
“I have watched Jack’s support for President Trump and his policies grow over the past four years,” Rogers said.
Rogers and Ciattarelli both ran for governor in 2017 against Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, with Rogers finishing 5th in the primary with 5.8% of the vote.