Ciattarelli: “Under Governor Ciattarelli, We Will Use IDs at the Time of Voting”

TRENTON, NJ — At a recent public campaign event, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli made it clear that he’s no moderate — in fact, he’s looking more and more like an extreme conservative who is totally out of step with New Jersey. Ciattarelli proudly boasted that if he were governor of New Jersey, he would implement discriminatory voter suppression laws that have been utilized by Republicans in many parts of the country to disenfranchise Black voters and other underserved communities, continuing to embrace Donald Trump’s debunked lies about widespread voter fraud. The quote from Ciattarelli is as follows:

“I will tell you under Governor Ciattarelli, we will use IDs at the time of voting.” 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, voter ID laws are both inherently discriminatory and often selectively enforced against communities of color. Nationally, nearly 25% of African Americans of voting age lack a government-issued ID, compared to only 8% of white voters. 17% of Latino voters also lack IDs, according to the ACLU. 

“Embracing discriminatory voter ID laws is just the latest evidence that Jack Ciattarelli is far too extreme for the people of New Jersey,” said NJDSC Chairman John Currie. “It should come as no surprise that the same candidate who spoke at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally and perpetuated Donald Trump’s lies about voter fraud would also support the kinds of voter suppression laws that Republicans use to disenfranchise voters of color. Jack Ciattarelli is proving every day that he’s the wrong choice for New Jersey.” 

Ciattarelli’s embrace of discriminatory voter ID laws comes on the heels of him saying publicly that he would halt New Jersey’s planned minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, as well as doubling down on his opposition to State funding for women’s health care.