Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign manager, Mollie Binotto, released the following statement following the first and only debate between Republican gubernatorial candidates Jack Ciattarelli and Hirsh Singh:
“Beneath all the name-calling, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Hirsh Singh agreed on one thing: they want to drag New Jersey backwards. Their divisive rhetoric, politically motivated lies about the pandemic, and failure to denounce extremism disqualifies either candidate from being governor. New Jerseyans deserve far better than an anti-science Trump-like sideshow. When they’re not using conspiracy theories and dog-whistles to rile up the far-right base, the Republican candidates are touting out-of-touch positions that would hurt New Jersey families.
“No matter which candidate passes the Trump litmus test, the Republican nominee will be too extreme for New Jersey. Governor Murphy emerged as the clear winner of tonight’s debate, as he continues to build broad support for his unifying and inclusive vision for New Jersey’s future.”