Gov. Phil Murphy said today that Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli’s concession on Friday – 10 days after Election Day, a delay that the Murphy campaign called “dangerous” – was courteous and appropriate.
“We had a very gracious private conversation, and I thank Jack for that,” Murphy said. “I thought his public remarks were also gracious and on-point. I salute him, and I wish him and his family nothing but the very best.”
Ciattarelli was adamant in his concession that the election was free and fair, contrary to some scattered and untrue rumblings of fraud, but still used his speech as a cudgel to criticize the state’s failings under Murphy and laud his own campaign’s advocacy for the state’s discontented citizens.
He also, unexpectedly, turned the concession into a campaign announcement for an upcoming 2025 gubernatorial campaign. To this, Murphy had a simple answer.
“I know one thing,” the term-limited governor said. “I’m not running for governor in 2025.”