Ciattarelli launches gubernatorial campaign

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli officially launched his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday, becoming the first Republican to formally declare a challenge to Gov. Phil Murphy.

Ciattarelli’s announcement speech, given to a crowd of more than 200 in the auditorium of a Raritan school Ciattarelli once attended, played heavily on Republican messaging against Murphy, hitting the incumbent on taxes and his progressive priorities.

“We don’t need an out of touch, tone deaf governor like Phil Murphy who says ‘if taxes are your issue, we’re probably not your state,” Ciattarelli said. “Are you Kidding me? Are you Kidding me? The first time I heard that, being from Raritan, there was another word I wanted to put before the word kidding. Here’s the deal. If taxes are your issue, Phil Murphy shouldn’t be your governor.”

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