Extreme Republican Candidate Still Claims He Didn’t Know He Was Speaking at a Stop the Steal Rally Despite Video Evidence

TRENTON, NJ — Once again repeating an obvious lie and refusing to own up to his embrace of Trumpism, Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli doubled down on his denial that he knew he was speaking at a far-right “Stop the Steal” rally in November during an interview this weekend on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour radio show. Ciattarelli has repeatedly lied about the appearance despite the fact that video footage clearly shows a large “Stop the Steal” sign directly behind him as he speaks, an invitation to the rally identifies the Assemblyman as a featured speaker and a Confederate flag was clearly visible steps away from the candidate. In the interview Assemblyman Ciattarelli is asked by host David Wildstein to explain how he could not know what type of rally he was speaking at, to which he responded: “when I got to that rally, there were no signs to me that gave any appearance that it was a Stop the Steal rally. So I don’t know what happened behind me while I was speaking.” (NJ Globe Power Hour, 9/18/21).

“Jack Ciattarelli is once again lying to New Jersey voters and the press, because the truth is that he headlined a Stop the Steal rally just weeks before the January 6th U.S. Capitol insurrection, and he knows that admitting it would be fatal to his already struggling campaign,” said NJDSC Spokesman Phil Swibinski. “He won’t tell the truth because that would mean admitting that he’s the same as other Trump-style extremists like Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, choosing to spread lies and conspiracy theories for his own selfish political gain. New Jersey voters will hold Ciattarelli accountable for his embrace of Trumpism by re-electing Governor Murphy and forcefully rejecting this kind of radical Republican extremism.” 

Ciattarelli’s lies about his Stop the Steal appearance are being exposed throughout the state. Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran called Ciattarelli’s claim that he didn’t know what type of event he was addressing “implausible,” and InsiderNJ’s Alan Steinberg said he “ … could no longer believe any of Jack Ciattarelli’s pathetic rationales.” Politico’s Matt Friedman wrote: “What’s harder for Ciattarelli to explain is that he claimed not to have known it was a “Stop the Steal” rally … But in the ad, he’s shown speaking with a “Stop the Steal” sign behind him.”