TRENTON — As the nation reels from a spree of mass shootings, Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has been completely silent because he wants to roll back the nation’s strongest commonsense gun safety laws in New Jersey.
For years, Assemblyman Ciattarelli worked with Chris Christie and the gun lobby to weaken New Jersey’s laws, voting repeatedly against sensible gun safety measures, including mandatory background checks, limits on magazine sizes, and a ban on high-caliber weapons — measures which are overwhelmingly supported by New Jerseyans.
Following a mass shooting in El Paso in 2019 that left 23 dead and 23 others injured, Ciattarelli, a self-described concealed carry advocate who would restore uniformly unfettered access to the Second Amendment, blamed “both sides” for “playing identity politics, which gives rise to intolerance and racism.” Ciattarelli has also vowed to reject any commonsense gun safety measures as governor.
Throughout his career in Trenton, Assemblyman Ciattarelli has shown voters that’s he’s a pro-gun extremist, and he’d be nothing more than a dangerous extension of the Christie agenda.
“New Jerseyans understand that countless lives have been lost to gun violence because career politicians like Assemblyman Ciattarelli have lacked the courage to act,” said Murphy for Governor Spokesman Jerrel Harvey. “His silence following the latest act of violence speaks volumes. It’s clear the Assemblyman is more concerned with the NRA’s endorsement than demonstrating leadership and protecting New Jersey families.”