Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli was hoping for a boost when he chose longtime State Senator Diane Allen as his running mate, but instead his campaign has been engulfed in even more controversy as her extreme right-wing views on immigration, gun control, LGBTQ inclusion and Trump support emerged. Now it appears that Senator Allen is just as out of touch with New Jersey as Assemblyman Ciattarelli, whose embrace of the extreme right fringe of the Republican Party has been clear since he launched his campaign last year.
GOV. MURPHY UPDATE
When Chris Christie was governor, New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded 11 times due to his poor financial planning and ineffective management. That was one of the major challenges facing Governor Murphy when he took office, with the state’s debt practically at junk bond status and borrowing costs rising. Now though, Governor Murphy and his team have turned the tide and earlier this week the third major ratings agency upgraded our credit outlook to “positive.” This comes even as the state continues working through the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges that it has created, making Governor Murphy’s achievement even more impressive.
PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE
President Biden has made passing a comprehensive, bipartisan Infrastructure bill to invest in our roads, bridges, transit, broadband and much more his highest legislative priority, and this week there was a breakthrough — the Senate passed the bill overwhelmingly. This is remarkable progress that when fully enacted will mean nearly $8 billion for road and bridge replacement, $4 billion for public transit and hundreds of millions more for electric vehicle charging, broadband access and more.
— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.
P.S. — I was delighted to attend a fundraiser recently at the beautiful home of Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy where we spoke about how critical this year’s election is. I’m looking forward to getting on the road as we get closer to the election, visiting counties all over our state to help rally support for our candidates.