Gov. Phil Murphy said he and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, his Republican opponent for the governorship, had a cordial conversation at an event hosted by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association late Tuesday Afternoon.
“As I mentioned the night that he won the primary, the night of our primary, I reached out to the Assemblyman, congratulated him,” Murphy said. “He was gracious coming back, and last night was in a similar spirit. I think we had been at one event before and missed each other. We each were happy that we saw each other.”
The governor did not mention the topic of the conversation.
Ciattarelli and Murphy separately addressed the state’s business community at the event but did not appear on stage together at the event in Monroe Township.
News of the conversation serves as a reminder that campaigns don’t always reflect the relationships candidates have with one another. Outside the pandemic, many competitors develop relationships with one another at events with shared attendance.
Murphy and Ciattarelli’s campaigns have each launched attacks at the other. Some have been somewhat caustic, though none have broached into personal affronts.