Ciattarelli Officially Enters the 2025 Gubernatorial Primary Race [PHOTO]

Former New Jersey Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, who came close to beating Governor Phil Murphy in the 2021 gubernatorial race, launched his third campaign for governor at an event in Freehold on Tuesday.

“It’s time for bold, competent, serious leadership — leadership determined to fix our state,” he said before hundreds of supporters at the American Hotel “It’s time for a Jersey guy who understands what people are up against every day.”

The 2025 campaign will be the third straight for Ciattarelli, who first ran for governor in 2017, when he lost the primary to former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. In 2021, he won the Republican nomination for governor and came within three points of beating Murphy, but immediately announced that he would run again.

Ciattarelli joins State Senator Jon Bramnick in the Republican primary, with others expected to enter the race as well.

In the one, very early poll of the 2025 primary, 76% of Republicans said that they recognize him, and 47% had a favorable view of him.

The likely elimination of the county line on the ballot means that Ocean County, which has the most Republican voters of all 21 counties in the state, will play an outsized role in the race.

During the 2021 race, Ciattarelli spent a considerable time campaigning in Lakewood, and managed to defeat Murphy in the town, despite Murphy winning in four year prior.

“The best way to develop goodwill and community is by coming here repeatedly, listening and engaging with the people who live here,” Ciattarelli said while in Lakewood, days before the election. “Here in Lakewood, I’ve done that numerous times over the past 22 months.”

In 2017, Murphy narrowly defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno with 5,758 votes to her 5,644. But in 2021, Ciattarelli received 12,505 votes, to Murphy’s 7,820.

On the Democratic side, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, former Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, have already announced their candidacies.

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    • But all the askanim in Lakewood believed the Anti Torah Democrat Murphy before he did anything. Only Anti torah, Pro abortion and same sex marriage Democrats should be trusted. But a republican, who supports Judaism, should be pushed away.

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