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DGA Statement on First New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate

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Following the first gubernatorial debate in New Jersey, DGA Political Director Marshall Cohen released the following statement:

“Gov. Phil Murphy dominated in tonight’s debate. The governor made an undeniably strong case for his re-election, citing his leadership throughout the pandemic and his record of fighting for New Jersey families. 

“Jack Ciattarelli walked away as the clear loser tonight. While Gov. Murphy delivered solutions for keeping New Jersey safe throughout the pandemic, strengthening New Jersey’s economy, and improving access to affordable healthcare, Ciattarelli repeated the same extremist lies and unpopular policies that have put him behind in this race since the start. If Ciattarelli hoped for a chance to claw his way back into the race, he failed.

“New Jersey needs a leader who will work to end this pandemic, not prolong it, and put the priorities of New Jersey families first. Tonight and throughout his entire first term, Gov. Murphy has proved he’s the right choice to bring New Jersey back even stronger.”