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Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Ciattarelli to seek GOP gubernatorial nomination

Ex-assemblyman will enter race on January 21

By David Wildstein, January 13 2020 2:58 pm

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor on January 21, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

He will become the first announced candidate for the 2021 gubernatorial race.

Ciattarelli will make his announcement at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Raritan, his alma mater.

“It’s going to be great to make it officially official,” Ciattarelli said.

Other potential GOP challengers to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy include Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

This is Ciattarelli’s second bid for governor.

He ran in 2017 and finished second in the GOP primary. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno defeated him by 38,290 votes, 47%-31%, in a field of five candidates.

Ciattarelli served as an assemblyman from the 16th district from 2011 to 2018. He is a former Somerset County freeholder and Raritan Borough council president.

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