You Deserve to be represented by people who are honest,
Determined and Independent of special interests
We desperately need public servants who are solutions oriented, not politically motivated
I am determined to make New Jersey a great place to live, work and retire
I am someone who seeks to serve our community in the hope of making it better
Citizens deserve elected leadership that is honest, determined, independent of the special interests, and committed to working in a bipartisan manner to get things done. Citizens also deserve elected leadership that, day in day out, is dedicated to solving our greatest challenges. As Borough Councilman, County Freeholder and State Legislator, I have worked very hard to distinguish myself in these ways.
In serving citizens, my energies are focused not on the political bickering that gridlocks government, but on getting important things done and improving the quality-of-life in New Jersey.
Doing right by the people of New Jersey and pointing our state in a different – the right direction – is something I’m very determined to see happen. And so, to the citizens of this great state, I offer myself as a 2017 candidate for Governor.
All signs point to Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli running for governor in 2017. Know the name, if you don’t already. The Republican lawmaker won’t be a favorite, and he won’t be familiar to many voters beyond Central Jersey and the 16th Legislative District he represents. He’s not likely to be the anointed choice of the GOP machinery because that’s not the way he operates, but that’s also part of his charm as a candidate.
But he will be worth listening to, more than most of the men and women who swagger down the campaign trail spouting platitudes and ridicule and whatever else they think might grab some attention, however unfair or untrue.
Ciattarelli’s candidacy has been rumored for awhile. But in a Q&A piece that will appear online (http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/04/15/school-funding-nj-ciattarelli/83077806/) and in Sunday’s @issue section on his proposal to revamp school funding and lower pension costs, Ciattarelli addresses those rumors this way: “Doing right by the people of New Jersey and pointing our state in the right direction is something I’m very determined to see happen. A prominent role in leading that discussion is certainly made easier if you’re governor. My wife and four children have all given me the ‘green light.’ I’ll be spending the next few months speaking with various leaders around the state to discuss a potential candidacy.”
That sounds serious. Let’s hope so. Ciattarelli gets it in a way most lawmakers don’t, or are loath to admit. Beginning his third term in Trenton, Ciattarelli has wearied of the unrelenting games and pettiness and the counterproductive turf wars that so often grind the Statehouse to a halt, a frustration normal, rational people might feel if dropped into the same environment. He still fights the fights he thinks he can win and adds his voice to the chorus when the occasion calls for it. But it’s clear that as a member of the legislative minority who doesn’t always toe the line within his own party, Ciattarelli has minimal influence that’s not going to meaningfully change in the same role. And he knows that. Winning the governor’s seat would alter the narrative, of course, and Ciattarelli can be an attractive statewide candidate; among other things he’s no extremist to be feared by Democrats. It’s fair to wonder how much of Ciattarelli’s enlightened perspective on Trenton politics would survive the campaign cauldron. But as it stands, Ciattarelli would give New Jersey voters the kind of option for high office that they’ve too often failed to find in the past – a good one.