New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off on Hurricane Response, Pandemic, Policing in First Debate

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican hopeful Jack Ciattarelli faced off in a contentious gubernatorial debate on a range of issues, including the response to Hurricane Ida, the COVID-19 pandemic, racial profiling, school curricula, and taxes. Ciattarelli, a former New Jersey Assemblyman, wrote on Twitter that he was “fired up after the debate.” Ciattarelli is a certified public accountant, two-time small businessman, and a lifelong resident of New Jersey. Murphy’s campaign said in a statement issued after the debate, “Governor Murphy demonstrated tonight that he is the only candidate in this race with the vision and values to keep New Jersey moving forward.” Murphy, a Democrat, held leadership roles at Goldman Sachs’ offices in Germany and Hong Kong for more than 20 years and served as an ambassador to Germany during the presidency of Barack Obama. He was also a finance chair for the Democratic National Committee. Ciattarelli criticized Murphy’s …

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