Ciattarelli Puts His Head Down on 2017 NJ Guv Run

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough) intends to stay in the race for governor regardless of Governor Chris Christie’s plans.

There were originally questions about the assemblyman’s intentions should Christie leave for Trump world, but Ciattarelli sent a note to PolitickerNJ making clear his in to win commitment.

“Christie leaving and Guadagno becoming Governor may change the appearance of things, but it doesn’t change my mind,” the Republican lawmaker said. “Reason being, I believe in my candidacy, and that includes beating Phil Murphy.  Just as importantly, since the time I declared, rank-and-file Republicans are confirming what I’ve felt all along – we need to go in an entirely new direction in the post-Christie era and we owe it to ourselves as a political party to have a choice in the June 2017 primary.”