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Democratic State Chairman, John Currie. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Currie wants Ciattarelli, Steinhardt to acknowledge Trump loss

By Nikita Biryukov, November 23 2020 9:37 am

Democratic State Chairman John Currie called on his Republican counterparts to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in an apparent attempt to hamstring possible gubernatorial candidates.

“New Jersey Republicans have spent the past four years in fear of offending President Trump and the clear fact that he lost the election has apparently done nothing to give them a backbone,” Currie said. “Republicans like Doug Steinhardt, Jack Ciattarelli and many others are doing real damage to public health, national security and the economy by helping President Trump sow disinformation, attack our democratic system and unnecessarily delay the transition.”

So far, few New Jersey Republicans have said Trump lost and should concede, though some — former Gov. Chris Christie and former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, for example — have called on Trump to concede and start the transition process.

Ciattarelli, a former Assemblyman, is the only Republican gubernatorial candidate to launch a bid so far. Steinhardt, the Republican State Chairman, is considering a bid.

“New Jerseyans must stand up and demand not only that President Trump concede, but that Republicans here in our state stop enabling him and stand up for the rule of law and the peaceful transition of power,” Currie said.

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