Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, an Eagle Scout and former college football player who served four terms as the mayor of Lopatcong, formally announced his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey on Friday.
“I’m running for Governor of the State of New Jersey because family is worth fighting for,” said Steinhardt. “Phil Murphy promised us stronger and fairer, but instead gave us weaker and poorer. His billions in new debt, buckets of new taxes and far-left agenda are tearing our families apart and costing New Jerseyans their lives and livelihoods.”
As the Republican State Chairman since 2017, Steinhardt has taken a leading role as a critic of Murphy’s economic policies and his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a direct shot at his main rival in the June Republican gubernatorial primary, former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough), Steinhardt touted his conservative credentials.
“Unlike others in this race, I am a true conservative. I support President Trump. I’m pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and a fiscal conservative who is proud of his Republican roots,” Steinhardt stated. His campaign video shows him with a rifle on his shoulder as he talks of teaching his son to shoot and mentions that he is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Ciattarelli had been a vociferous objector to Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
“Some cut and run from our president, hoping you wouldn’t notice, while others were never there in the first place,” Steinhardt says.
As a video announcing his candidacy, Steinhardt touts his outsider status as someone who never worked in Trenton and his local government experience.
“Every slick politician who does one of these videos does it the same way,” he said while driving his truck. He then showed a clip of Murphy’s announcement video.
Steinhardt talks of eating dinner with his parents every Sunday night at the same Warren County farmhouse where he grew up, and of building a law firm and becoming inv
“New Jersey is in a bad spot because politicians from both parties avoided making tough decisions,” Steinhardt continued. “These politicians did the easy thing for them and passed the burden on to us. We can’t keep electing Wall Street millionaires or insider politicians and expect a different result. I’m an outsider ready to change the way business is done in Trenton. It’s time to Take Back New Jersey.”
The longtime Warren County Republican Chairman also touts his work to rebuild New Jersey’s Republican Party.
His campaign says Steinhardt led a grassroots movement that reach millions of voters through door-to-door campaigning, phone calls, text messages and direct mail. They say Steinhardt increased the state GOP donor base by thousands of contributors.