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

Ciattarelli meets public financing threshold

Republican gubernatorial candidate has raised $517,431 since launching campaign in January

By Nikita Biryukov, July 15 2020 11:39 am

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has raised $517,431 for his bid against Phil Murphy, passing the $490,000 fundraising milestone needed to qualify for matched public matching funds.

“For our campaign to reach the threshold for matching funds nearly one-year in advance of the 2021 primary election — in the midst of a global pandemic — speaks volumes to the efforts of Jack and our Finance Committee,” Ciattarelli Finance Chairman Jeff Vanderbeek said. “It also underscores the growing sentiment among New Jersey voters that Phil Murphy needs to be ‘ONE and DONE in ’21.’”

New Jersey provides matching public financing, up to a cap, for gubernatorial candidates who raise or commit to spend more than $430,000. In 2017, the fund matching was capped at $6.4 million for the gubernatorial primary and $13.8 million for the general election.

Those limits have been raised to $7.3 million and $15.6 million for next year’s races.

Ciattarelli is so far the only candidate to launch a bid for Gov. Phil Murphy’s seat, though because he launched his campaign in January, campaign expenses incurred by the former assemblyman will contribute to the matching cap.

In the second quarter of 2020, Ciattarelli raised $207,969 despite a months-long lockdown that most businesses in the state shuttered.

The challenger is looking to make that shutdown into a campaign issue.

“Phil Murphy’s abusive treatment of small business owners, his imperial ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Executive Orders, and his obsession with higher taxes, more spending, and now an illegal borrowing scheme that will punish taxpayers for generations to come, threatens the future of our state,” Ciattarelli said. “As Governor, I will make the tough decisions necessary to fix New Jersey and put us back on the path to prosperity.”

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