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“Murphy Takes Ciattarelli to Task” — What People Are Saying About Gov. Phil Murphy’s Debate Win Last Night

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In last night’s debate, Gov. Phil Murphy dominated Jack Ciattarelli and made a strong case for his re-election by delivering real solutions to fight the pandemic, strengthen the economy, and prioritize New Jersey families.

Here’s what folks are saying about Gov. Murphy’s stellar debate win:

  •’s Charles Stile: “Gov. Phil Murphy, the incumbent Democrat, promised more of the same — a progressive march in the 21st century. His Republican opponent, former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, largely offered a return to the past.”
  • WHYY’s P. Kenneth Burns: “Things have gotten heated. Murphy takes Ciattarelli to task about attending ‘Stop the Steal’ rally and having a sign next to him.”
  • New Jersey Monitor: “Ciattarelli faced fire for his embrace of the Republican Party’s fringes and, in particular, his attendance at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally last November.”
  • New Jersey 101.5: “Ciattarelli said the solution is a national immigration policy that puts undocumented immigrants “on a path toward recognition” … He then pivoted to a different portion of the question to support driver’s licenses for unauthorized immigrants, which began to be issued in May under a law signed by Murphy. That differs from his position in a debate four months ago.”
  • Garden State Equality’s Christian Fuscarino: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Gov. Phil Murphy is the most pro-equality Governor in the nation! He continues to fight for the rights of LGBTQ people and speak out against the harmful lies Jack Ciattarelli spreads about LGBTQ inclusive curriculum.”
  • New Jersey Globe: “Ciattarelli could have used a knockout if he hopes to move the needle and he didn’t get that.”

“Last night’s debate solidified that Gov. Phil Murphy is the right choice for New Jersey,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “While Jack Ciattarelli spouted unpopular positions on LGBTQ+ rights, gun laws, and once again defended his attendance at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, Gov. Murphy did what he does best — delivering solutions on the real issues facing New Jersey families.”