A Bergen County Republican told InsiderNJ that after having backed Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno from the beginning of the campaign, he intends to vote for Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) for governor on Tuesday.
“I like Kim,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But I don’t like the way her campaign went negative. Jack has momentum now, and has run the better campaign. Everybody who has met him likes him up here. He is blowing people out of the water. It’s tough, because here is Kim, who you really wanted to support, who just went negative and stayed negative, and it makes me pay attention to Jack. When I go into the voting booth, I’m going to have a hard time not voting for him. I’m going to vote for him.”
The source worried about Ciattarelli running out of time, and noted the money disparity between the LG and the assemblyman.
“Some are saying Jack will pull it out – we are certainly witnessing his momentum in Bergen County, but Kim is still the favorite based on the party infrastructure in key counties,” the source added.
Whether the candidate is Ciattarelli or Guadagno, the source despaired of Republican Party chances in the general election.
“We don’t have a state party,” said the source. “We have a party that’s non-existent. The Dave Paranos and Jenny Davis’s of the world have all circled the wagons. We don’t have an infrastructure to battle the Dave Paranos.”