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

Ciattarelli slams Murphy for avoiding Biden question

GOP gubernatorial candidate says Murphy has ‘obscene double standard’

By David Wildstein, May 08 2020 3:39 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli today called out Gov. Phil Murphy for refusing to comment on allegations of sexual assault leveled against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.

“Accusations of sexual assault or harassment must always be taken seriously, and the accused should be afforded due process. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy operates with an obscene double standard on this issue,” said Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman who is the only announced candidate to take on Murphy in 2021.

Ciattarelli thinks there is some two-facedness to the governor’s unwillingness to weigh in on Biden.

“On one hand, he believes without reservation accusations against certain individuals, while at the same time ignoring or sweeping under the rug accusations from those who work for him like Katie Brennan or Julie Roginsky, or accusations against Joe Biden,” he stated.  “How convenient. That’s not leadership.  New Jersey deserves better.”

The Somerset County Republican has named former State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park) to run an outside process for reporting inappropriate workplace behavior on his campaign, and has refused to require campaign staff or consultants to sign non-disclosure agreements.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” Ciattarelli said.

At his daily press briefing on Friday, Murphy said he had “literally no insight or comment” on whether he believed Biden or his accuser, Tara Reade.

Reade has accused the former vice president of sexually assaulting her in 1993 while she was serving on his U.S. Senate staff.

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