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Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Camden gives Ciattarelli his first line

By David Wildstein, January 19 2021 9:10 am

The Republican organization line for governor in Camden County will go to former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli after the party’s executive committee signed off during a conference call.

This is Ciattarelli’s first official designation of a line.

While he had previously won the endorsement of twelve Republican county chairs – Camden’s Rich Ambrosino is his 13th – Camden is the first to complete the by-laws process of awarding the line.

“CCGOP’s by-laws state the chairman has the authority to award the organization line to candidates, but I prefer to be more inclusive and usually rely on a screening committee to interview candidates and make a recommendation,” said Ambrosino.  “With Doug Steinhardt’s exit from the race a screening committee is no longer necessary, Jack Ciattarelli gets the line in Camden County.”

With the filing deadline to seek the endorsement of Republican vote-rich Ocean County over last Saturday, Ciattarelli faces four challengers in the GOP primary: Ocean County Commissioner Joseph Vicari; Brian D. Levine, a former Somerset freeholder and Franklin Township mayor; businessman Joseph Rudy Rullo; and perennial candidate Hirsh Singh.

“There is no need to pretend, Jack Ciattarelli is getting our line because he is clearly the best candidate in the race and the only one with the ability to unite the GOP and bring enough Democrats and Independents with us to make Phil Murphy one and done in 21,” said Ambrosino.  “The other candidates do not need to bother wasting money on a stamp to mail a letter of intent or come to any CCGOP events, there is zero chance we will reconsider.”

Ciattarelli has won county chair endorsements in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Passaic, and Salem counties.

Republican county chairs in Cape May, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren counties have not yet announced their support of any candidate.  The Warren chair is Doug Steinhardt, who dropped out of the race for governor on January 11.

“Now it is time for our organization to get to work and remind every voter that it is Phil Murphy’s policies that killed nursing home residents, permanently closed businesses, raised our taxes and stuck us with debt that our grandchildren will have to pay off.” Stated Ambrosino. “Thanks to Phil Murphy New Jersey is broken and only Jack Ciattarelli can fix it.”

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