Pro-biz GOPer wins over Dem Murphy duplicate: Devine

As President Biden’s reverse Midas touch ricochets across the country, even in the deep blue of New Jersey, Democrats are nervous.

All attention has been focused on Virginia’s gubernatorial race, but the Garden State could be a devious upheaval, as polls have shrunk significantly since August in what is already a barometer of national voter sentiment.

If anyone can achieve a long-term victory over Gov. Phil Murphy, it’s Jack Ciattarelli, former state lawmaker and small business owner, with a plan to lower the cost of living.

The hoarse-voiced, Sinatra-like Republican is targeting Murphy squarely for economic reasons, but also for the governor’s uber-liberal authoritarian bent, his reported secret vaccine tenure, and wide-awake brainwashing in schools.

“We don’t teach sodomy in sixth grade,” Ciattarelli said bluntly this summer.

Ciattarelli, 59, portrayed Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs multimillionaire, as “out of touch and deaf” to voters’ concerns.

He likes to say that the people of New Jersey are “financially conservative and socially moderate,” so it doesn’t hurt that he once called Donald Trump a “charlatan” but applauded his policies as being good for the country.

Problem number one is the skyrocketing cost of living, and New Jersey taxes are the highest in the country.

The average Jersey property tax bill hit $ 9,112 last year, double the national average. Someone who owns a $ 400,000 house in Bridgewater or Parsippany pays $ 15,000.

This heavy burden is cited in polls as one of the main reasons retirees leave the state and a deterrent for companies to move there.

Murphy, 64, has been remarkably reckless about the issue.

“If you’re a one-question voter and the tax rate is your problem,” he said in 2019, “we’re probably not your state. “

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
Gov. Phil Murphy has suffocated small business owners with his authoritarian lockdowns and sky-high taxes.
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Ciattarelli has made the gaffe the centerpiece of a sharp and biting advertising campaign.

“Who says that?” he asks. “High taxes are the reason young people cannot afford to get started here and why our grandparents are forced to leave.

When Ciattarelli was growing up, “New Jersey’s economy was the envy of the other 49 states. We had the most Fortune 500 companies based here, property taxes were reasonable, and owning your own business was an American dream that could come true. This is not the case today.”

He points to an exodus of state businesses under Murphy. Nabisco left Bergen County in July after 63 years.

The same goes for Honeywell, Mercedes Benz and the US Golf Association.

“It pains me that states like Delaware, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Texas eat our lunch,” he says.

His plan is to correct the “arbitrary and unfair” public school funding formula that raises property taxes, halve the country’s highest corporate tax rate over five years, pass Delaware regulations. for corporate governance and to make the first $ 50,000 of small- tax-free business income.

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Governor Phil Murphy is maskless at a fundraising event for the teachers’ union despite his strict mask mandates in New Jersey schools.
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“We need to stop overburdening small businesses with excessive regulations that make their success nearly impossible,” he says.

Ciattarelli, whose grandparents immigrated to New Jersey from Italy 100 years ago, grew up in Raritan and raised four children in Somerset County with his 27-year-old wife, Melinda.

His parents owned a local restaurant, Anthony’s, and the experience led him to become a small business owner, founding two successful medical publishing companies. He became a Raritan city councilor in 1990 before becoming a commissioner in Somerset County and serving on the state’s general assembly from 2011 to 2018.

“I understand New Jersey. . . I’ve worked in city, county, and state governments, so I have a unique perspective on anything broken and how best to fix it.

Murphy has many vulnerabilities to exploit, including the worst pandemic record of any governor. New Jersey had the highest COVID death rate, even higher than New York. While Andrew Cuomo was rightly blasted for his betrayal of nursing home residents across the Hudson River, Murphy had more blood on his hands.

His administration was explicitly warned by nursing home operators in recorded phone calls – which Ciattarelli generously sprinkled in his advertisements – that ordering nursing homes to admit patients infected with COVID would result in unnecessary deaths. Sure enough, more than 8,600 nursing home residents and staff and veterans have died, accounting for 35% of total COVID deaths in the state.

Atilis Gym owners Frank Trumbetti, 51, left, and Ian Smith, 33, in the gym, where they implemented cleaning supplies, social distancing guidelines and limits on the number of people who can enter the gymnasium.  Atilis Gym has remained open, disobeying orders from the state and the governor of NJ to close during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Atilis Gym owners Frank Trumbetti (left) and Ian Smith rightly defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s lockdown orders in Bellmawr, New Jersey last year.
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Ciattarelli also blames Murphy’s whimsical pandemic lockdown orders that “infuriated business owners, especially on Main Street.

“If you had a jewelry store, it shut you down because it was not essential, but Costco’s jewelry counter remained open,” the GOPer said.

Then there are the explosive videos released this week by Project Veritas in which Murphy’s campaign staff reveal the governor is hiding plans to implement a vaccination mandate and give millions of dollars to illegal migrants after the elections.

Murphy’s campaign advisor Wendy Martinez told an undercover reporter that the governor will implement vaccination mandates, “but he couldn’t do it before the election, because of independents and undecided voters. . . because they’re all in the shit, my rights, my shit. . . Right now, it is about his victory.

Another Murphy’s staff, Matthew Urquijo, was caught on camera saying, “Once you know we’ve won he’s like ‘okay guns like who cares. ? I’m in it, let’s do the warrants. “

In another video released Wednesday, Martinez is recorded saying Murphy will wait until after the election to give millions more in aid to illegal aliens.

“We have to get him elected first. . . I think it’s $ 40 million and to designate that much at this point would be political suicide. “

General view of a Nasibco factory in Fair Lawn, NJ, August 13, 2017.
The Nabisco plant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, closed last July, costing about 600 jobs.
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Ciattarelli excludes any mandate if he is governor. “I am vaccinated. I strongly encourage people to get vaccinated, but I don’t think the government has the right to tell people that they need to get vaccinated.

He says that if the Project Veritas report is correct, Murphy is guilty of “ultimate hypocrisy.”

Republican voters will have to come out in force on Tuesday to give Ciattarelli a chance to win.

Murphy was 16 points ahead with registered voters in an August poll in Monmouth, 52-36 percent. Ciattarelli had managed to close the gap to six points last week in an Emerson College poll, 50-44 percent.

On Wednesday, a Monmouth poll showed Murphy had an 11-point lead.

But in a state Biden won by 16 points, and where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 1.1 million, win or lose, the fact that the race is so close has worrying implications for Democrats in the year. next.

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