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Double trouble for Jack Ciattarelli:

GOP hopeful shadowed by Christie, Trump

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But former Somerset County Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, the presumptive GOP front-runner for governor, is facing an unprecedented guilt-by-association challenge.

He is being cast as the immediate descendant of two unpopular Republicans with national profiles: former President Donald Trump, the anti-immigrant champion of conspiracy theories and peddler of the “Big Lie” over the 2020 election; and Chris Christie, the Bridgegate-battered ex-New Jersey governor, whose Nero-in-a-beach-chair photo during the 2016 budget shutdown is seared into the state’s consciousness.

Read the full article here, originally published by NorthJersey.com on April 19, 2021.