TRENTON — Following Governor Murphy’s announcement of his intention to nominate Rachel Wainer Apter to the New Jersey Supreme Court, out-of-touch Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli launched a misogynistic partisan attack against the Governor’s nominee, referring to Wainer Apter, Director of the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights and a former law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as an “inexperienced activist.”
Ciattarelli has previously applauded former President Donald Trump’s efforts to “transform” the federal bench, which includes Trump’s decision to ignore the dying wish of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by nominating a far-right extremist to fill her seat.
Despite Ciattarelli’s attempts to diminish Wainer Apter’s qualifications for the State’s highest court, his extremist views are out of step with leaders in his own party. State Senator Robert Singer, the most senior Republican in the State Senate, enthusiastically praised Wainer-Apter’s nomination, noting her record of fighting hate and anti-Semtism and stating “I have no doubt that Rachel will seek to protect our Constitutional liberties and freedoms on our state’s highest court.”
“Mr. Ciattarelli’s characterization of Ms. Wainer Apter is meritless and misogynistic, but no surprise when you consider that he went right along with Governor Christie’s war on women for years,” said Murphy for Governor Campaign Manager Mollie Binotto. “What Mr. Ciattarelli showed today is that his Supreme Court picks would look just like Trump’s, and that he is willing to sacrifice New Jersey’s women and families for cheap partisanship. What he clearly doesn’t understand is New Jerseyans are moving forward–not back.”