Businessman and former New Jersey State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican, is hoping to unseat Gov. Phil Murphy, who’s trying to grow to be the primary Democrat to be reelected governor within the Garden State since 1977.

Born 1961 in Somerville, Ciattarelli grew up in close by Raritan, the place his paternal grandparents immigrated from Italy. He attended Seton Hall University and earned levels in accounting and finance.

Ciattarelli obtained concerned in native politics within the Nineties, serving on the Raritan Borough Council from 1990 to 1995. From 1991 to 1995, he served because the council’s president.

A confident Jack Ciattarelli, right, likes to say that he’s the only New Jersey Republican who can unseat Gov. Phil Murphy, left, in this November’s election. 

A assured Jack Ciattarelli, proper, likes to say that he’s the one New Jersey Republican who can unseat Gov. Phil Murphy, left, on this November’s election. 

In 2011, Ciattarelli received a race to symbolize New Jersey’s sixteenth Legislative District within the New Jersey General Assembly. He served there till 2018. He ran for New Jersey governor in 2017 and got here in second place within the main.

Ciattarelli additionally owns a medical publishing firm and served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater from 1998 to 2001.

NJ REPUBLICANS OUTRAGED OVER VIDEO ALLEGING PHIL MURPHY WILL MANDATE VACCINES IF REELECTED

Along with the Virginia gubernatorial race, the race between Murphy and Ciattarelli has drawn the nationwide highlight, with former President Obama campaigning for each Murphy and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe final week.

Former President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at an early vote rally on Oct. 23, 2021, in Newark.

Former President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at an early vote rally on Oct. 23, 2021, in Newark.
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NJ REPUBLICANS OUTRAGED OVER VIDEO ALLEGING PHIL MURPHY WILL MANDATE VACCINES IF REELECTED

Murphy nonetheless has a cushty lead over Ciattarelli, in accordance to the newest polls collected by RealClearPolitics. Murphy’s smallest benefit is six factors in an Emerson ballot performed between Oct. 15-18. Other polling exhibits Murphy with a good bigger benefit, together with a brand new Monmouth ballot that gave Murphy a lead of 11 factors.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaking during an MTV VMAs news conference at Prudential Center Plaza in Newark in 2019.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy talking throughout an MTV VMAs news convention at Prudential Center Plaza in Newark in 2019.
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NJ DEMOCRATS ISSUE PROFANE AD SKEWERING GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE FOR ONCE WANTING TO BAN CURSING

The campaigns butted heads earlier this month relating to a profane advert that skewered Ciattarelli for as soon as supporting a ban on cursing when he served on the Raritan Borough Council.

Chris Russell, who’s basic advisor for Ciatarelli’s marketing campaign, advised Fox News in a press release about the advert: “Jack is living rent-free in Governor Murphy’s head. Phony Phil from Massachusetts is desperate to ‘act Jersey’ and I guess he thinks feeding into the worst stereotypes about the state is the way to do it. What’s next – auditioning to replace Ronnie on Jersey Shore next season? If so, I suggest he get back to his Italian Villa after he loses and works on that tan.”

Fox News’ Kyle Morris and Michael Lee contributed to this report.