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Gassed Up: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Backs Fossil Fuels Over Clean Energy Economy

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TRENTON — Today is Earth Day, and the theme this year is “Restore Our Earth,” which provides a great opportunity to compare Governor Murphy’s forward-looking plan to advance a clean energy economy with Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s fossil fuel-driven record. 

Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is on a path toward 100% clean energy by 2050. A critical step to combat climate change that will create thousands of good-paying, union jobs, generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments, and cement New Jersey’s position as the nation’s leader in offshore wind.  

As for Assemblyman Ciattarelli, when he’s not falsely asserting that wind turbines are “the last thing we need” or pose the same threat as offshore drilling, he’s promising to slow-walk subsidies for electrical vehicles and solar programs because they “distort the market.”

During his time as a Somerset County Freeholder, Ciattarelli twice voted in favor of using county-owned conservation land to build an underground gas pipeline. And he brought his passion for natural gas, which Assemblyman Ciattarelli believes should be celebrated, to the State Legislature — opposing cap-and-trade programs and the establishment of a dedicated office for clean energy initiatives. 

“Governor Murphy’s bold climate actions are a win for New Jersey’s environment, a win for the economy, and a win for a sustainable future,” said Murphy for Governor Spokesman Jerrel Harvey. “While Assemblyman Ciattarelli is now dishonestly claiming to be an environmental supporter, he’s spent his entire career in public office touting a fossil fuel future that is out-of-touch with climate reality and killing off green jobs that would grow the middle class and further strengthen New Jersey’s innovation economy.”

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