Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, who nearly defeated Gov. Phil Murphy in last year’s gubernatorial election, endorsed Tom Kean, Jr. for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.
The Ciattarelli endorsement comes three days before Republicans in his home county of Somerset are set to meet to award their organization line. As a county committeeman in Hillsborough, Ciattarelli says he will vote for Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, at the convention.
“The goal of elections is to win. With that singular goal in mind, I’ll be casting my vote for Tom Kean, Jr., for New Jersey’s 7th congressional district, as he unquestionably is the best candidate in this race to flip this seat,” said Ciattarelli, the party’s standard bearer. “Two years ago, under incredibly challenging circumstances, Tom came within 1% of beating the incumbent. His name recognition, ability to raise money, and an experienced political team are all unique to his candidacy and are critical attributes to winning this election.”
Ciattarelli says he knows and respects all the candidates — he served in legislature with Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) and ran against Phil RIzzo in the GOP primary last year.
“They all have the district’s best interest at heart,” said Ciattarelli. “But Tom is in the absolute best position to unseat Tom Malinowski, return the seat to our party, and bring some mainstream, common sense conservatism to Washington, DC.”
Ciattarelli is an announced candidate for governor in 2025.