GOP Candidate Continues to Politicize COVID-19, Demonize Common Sense Public Health Guidance

TRENTON, NJ — In yet another desperate attempt to appeal to the far-right, radical fringe that opposes all COVID-19 public health measures, Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli is now running a newspaper ad that attacks Governor Phil Murphy for supporting masking, vaccine requirements, and other common-sense public health measures. Ciattarelli’s ad blatantly politicizes the pandemic, calling masking and vaccines “extreme liberal” measures.

“Jack Ciattarelli’s latest assault on public health is the kind of irresponsible messaging that has turned COVID-19 into a political fight and literally killed people by fomenting opposition to vaccines, masks, and other measures that have been proven to save lives,” said NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avelenda. “Ciattarelli has made it clear that he values appealing to the extreme Republican base more than keeping New Jerseyans safe and putting an end to the pandemic, and that makes him 100% disqualified from being our governor.” 

Assemblyman Ciattarelli’s ad is just the most recent example of his campaign opposing public health initiatives. He has spoken out against mask mandates in public schools despite CDC evidence that shows higher case counts in schools without masks, even spreading baseless anti-mask conspiracy theories. Ciattarelli also famously claimed that “children are not vulnerable to this virus,” even with numerous children currently hospitalized across the country in states without masking requirements in schools.