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Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli after a town hall in Jackson on October 6. (Photo: Joey Fox for New Jersey Globe).

Ciattarelli slams Murphy for taking NGA, DGA roles

By Joey Fox, December 14 2021 3:35 pm

In what appears to be his first criticism of Gov. Phil Murphy since conceding the gubernatorial election a month ago, former Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli today knocked Murphy for accepting the posts of National Governors Association chair and Democratic Governors Association vice-chair in 2022.

“​​NJ has full-time problems and desperately needs a full-time Gov,” Ciattarelli wrote on Twitter. “Not even sworn in yet and Murphy is already making other plans and taking on other jobs. No time for partisan politics. Fix NJ.”

Former Gov. Chris Christie was on the receiving end of a similar attack from Ciattarelli in 2016, when the then-governor had recently dropped his bid for president and was in the process of endorsing Donald Trump.

“This endorsement concerns me in that it could mean he’ll be out of state a great deal again,” Ciattarelli said at the time. “If that’s the case, it’s time for him to really give consideration for what’s in the best interests of New Jersey and step down and let [Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno] be governor.”

Ciattarelli’s time campaigning against Murphy is over, but today’s criticism may have been made with an eye towards 2025 anyways. Immediately after conceding the 2021 election to Murphy, Ciattarelli declared he’d run once again in four years, and the Democratic nominee in that race will likely be tied to the current governor for better or worse.

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