Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli is set to receive over $1.8 million in state matching funds this week after submitting $1,082,685 raised last year in advance of the 2021 election.
That gives Ciattarelli nearly $3 million to spend on his bid to win the GOP nomination for governor.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the effort put forth by Jack and our entire finance team over the past 11 months to hit this milestone,” said Jeff Vanderbeek, Ciattarelli’s finance chairman. “Despite a pandemic that limited in-person events and a respectful deference to our GOP congressional and local candidates on the ballot throughout 2020, we’ve hit our goals.”
Ciattarelli’s decision to participate in the state’s 44-year-old gubernatorial public financing program will limit him to a $7.3 million spending cap for the June primary election.
“With matching funds adding nearly $2 million to our fundraising haul, we are very well-positioned as the frontrunner in this race and the only Republican candidate who can defeat Phil Murphy, fix our state, and revitalize the NJGOP,” Vanderbeek said.
Gov. Phil Murphy has already raised over $3.5 million for his re-election campaign, his campaign manager announced on Monday. That will give Murphy about $4.6 million in matching fund, allow the Democratic governor to max out on his primary fundraising after just three months.
“The energy on the ground to defeat Phil Murphy and drain the swamp in Trenton is building by the day.” said Ciattarelli. “New Jersey Republicans are eager to start winning again. Not only am I running to fix New Jersey, drain the swamp, and make sure Phil Murphy is ‘one and done in ‘21’, but I am committed to rebuilding the NJGOP.”
Ciattarelli raised over $250,000 during the 4th quarter of 2020 and has essentially secured organization lines in Atlantic, Burlington and Somerset counties after sweeping the early endorsement game. He’s also won significant support in Morris and Hunterdon.
“We can and should be the party of commonsense conservative solutions that can help us compete and win,” the former assemblyman said. “The fact is Democrats and the swamp have controlled Trenton for decades. I ask my fellow New Jerseyans, are you better off? With the right candidate and the right message, we can fix this state.”
Ciattarelli received nearly $1.1 million in public financing in his primary campaign against Guadagno in 2017. Guadagno received $2.25 million.