Perception is in the Eye of the Beholder

Phil Murphy

Who Jack Ciattarelli is has just changed – practically overnight.

Throughout the run-up to the primary he won Tuesday, Ciattarelli’s right wing opponents accused him of, among other things, being a RINO and a “never Trumper.”

That was then; now is now.

Today, just hours after he officially became the Republican candidate for governor, Ciattarelli was labeled as a guy who has “consistently aligned himself with Trump’s extreme agenda.”

That’s what the Phil Murphy campaign had to say this afternoon.

Clearly, Ciattarelli can’t be both of the individuals described. In fact, he probably isn’t even one of them.

But if nothing else, politics is prone to silly exaggerations as the two top examples prove.

The latter example also shows another thing.

Besides touting such accomplishments as a higher minimum wage, good schools and tax fairness, it looks like Murphy is going to tie Ciattarelli to Donald Trump as we move into the five-month slog to November.

Today’s statement, which officially was about the governor’s willingness to debate,  points out that Ciattarelli has called Trump’s policies “very successful” and that he appeared and spoke at a Stop the Steal rally.

The only thing here not debatable is that perception is in the eyes of the beholder.

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  • Moe Howard

    Maybe Murphy ought to try some of Trump’s policies. Cut taxes, get tougher on crime, and stop giving our hard-earned money to illegal invaders.

  • Robert Knapp

    I will work 24/7 for the re election effort of our great Governor Phil Murphy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bob Knapp, Jersey City

    • Kathleen Demarest

      We are blessed to have an honorable, respected Governor
      who truly cares for New Jersey and its residents!!

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