TRENTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarrelli announced today that he was “grateful” to receive the endorsement of Congressman Jeff Van Drew — a turncoat who is best known for pledging his “undying support” to former President Trump and siding with conspiracy theorists in a vote to overturn the 2020 election results.
In January, Van Drew proudly announced his decision to vote against certifying the election in a blog post, which falsely cited a “litany of serious unanswered questions surrounding this election to which Americans deserve answers.” The dangerous pandering of Van Drew and Trump enablers, like Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, emboldened a dangerous far-right movement that led to a deadly pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
It should come as no surprise that Assemblyman Ciattarelli has welcomed a pat on the back from Van Drew. With the emergence of Trumpian tax dodger Phil Rizzo in the Republican primary, Assemblyman Ciattarelli is scrambling to prove to the GOP base that he’s the most extreme candidate for the job.
Ciattarelli, who headlined a Bedminster “Stop the Steal” Rally in November, is doing a fine job of showing New Jerseyans just how far-right he’s willing to go. In recent weeks, the Assemblyman has refused to disavow Oath Keeper candidate Ed Durfee, opposed common-sense gun safety laws by scapegoating mental illness, and joined the ranks of a dangerous anti-mask movement at campaign stops.
“With the GOP primary heating up, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli is willing to do anything to boost his credibility with Trump’s far-right base — even if it means partnering with a spineless empty suit like Jeff Van Drew,” said Murphy for Governor Spokesman Jerrel Harvey. “Both Ciattarelli and Van Drew have embraced dangerous conspiracy theories to serve their own interests, but voters know they’re too extreme for New Jersey.”