Will Reinert, Regional Press Secretary for the Republican Governors Association issued a statement tonight in the aftermath of the first of two gubernatorial debates, celebrating GOP candidate Jack Ciattarelli’s “victory” over the incumbent.
ln the first New Jersey gubernatorial debate, Phil Murphy’s was forced to reckon with the mistreatment of women in his orbit and horrific pandemic response that killed thousands of nursing home patients and shuttered nearly one-third of small businesses. Meanwhile Jack Ciattarelli put forward his vision for a more affordable New Jersey with a stronger economy than ever before.
Ciattarelli: “Well… If you want to talk about disqualifiers ‘if taxes are your issue we’re probably not your state…’ Or saying, or saying, that you wanted to make New Jersey the California of the east coast. I consider those disqualifiers.”
Murphy: “These people died assemblyman, people died.”
Ciattarelli: “You mean like the people in nursing homes and tropical storm Ida?”
Though Phil Murphy was warned that “patients will die in nursing homes that wouldn’t have otherwise died,” he proceeded to send COVID patients to nursing homes anyway and 8,000 Jersey seniors died.