Ciattarelli defeated former Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine, pastor Phil Rizzo and businessman and perennial candidate Hirsh Singh. With 99 % of the precincts reporting, Ciatterelli earned 49.6 % of the votes, in comparison with 25.8 % for Rizzo and 21.5 for Singh.
Ciattarelli, 59, served within the New Jersey Basic Meeting from 2011 to 2018. He misplaced a Republican gubernatorial main in 2017 to then-Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno went on to lose to Murphy within the common election.
On the marketing campaign path, Ciattarelli known as Murphy, a Democrat, an “extremist on the abortion subject” and known as on the state’s legislature to rein within the governor’s government powers.
“Make no mistake, Phil Murphy has no downside hijacking our democracy and wielding the facility of a king whereas making unilateral selections with none regard to whom he’s impacting,” Ciattarelli alleged in a statement. “It’s the job of the legislature on each side of the aisle to finish the madness in Trenton.”
Murphy’s marketing campaign has attacked Ciattarelli as a long-time political insider and a “cheerleader” for then-Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican.
“Whereas the Assemblyman is hoping to rebrand himself as an outsider, he’s nothing greater than an institution politician who enabled the disastrous Christie agenda and has spent his whole profession placing particular pursuits forward of New Jersey values—with a protracted profession like that, no marvel he desires to cover it,” Murphy’s marketing campaign spokesman, Jerrel Harvey, mentioned in a statement final month.
Ciattarelli raised greater than $6.8 million for his marketing campaign, ten instances greater than the subsequent GOP candidate when it comes to fundraising. He acquired the endorsements of former New Jersey Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, a Republican, and all 21 of New Jersey’s county Republican organizations.