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N.J.’s Ciattarelli won’t concede until every vote is counted

Randy Mancini 32 November 5, 2021
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli speaks at his election night party, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Bridgewater, N.J. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli speaks at his election night party, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Bridgewater, N.J. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

Although Democrat Phil Murphy declared victory in his re-election bid for governor, Republican Jack Ciattarelli has yet to concede. In fact, the former New Jersey assemblyman revealed it will be some time before he concedes. Ciattarelli let his supporters know where things stand on an edition of his “Jack Chat” video feed on Thursday.

“Currently Governor Murphy and I are separated by about 1 percent after 2.4 million ballots counted,” he explained. “There are still tens of thousands of vote by mail and provisional ballots yet to be counted. And so, the governor’s victory speech last night was premature. No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote it counted.”

The gubernatorial hopeful said there are plenty of votes to count in the Garden State.

“First, we’re going to allow the 21 counties to continue with the process of counting every legal vote by mail and provisional ballot,” he continued. “That could take another week or two and we’ve got compliance people watching over that.”

Time for another Jack Chat.

And this might be the most important one yet, so please watch and share. pic.twitter.com/Nmc03ATpTV

— Jack Ciattarelli (@Jack4NJ) November 4, 2021

Ciatarelli went on to warn supporters not to indulge conspiratorial thinking regarding his election. However, he always advised any signs of voter fraud to be reported if witnessed. The Republican wanted to thank supporters for their energy, but to remain patient until the counting process is complete.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of New Jersey called out mainstream media for claiming an early election victory for incumbent Murphy. In a statement on Wednesday, the GOP said was irresponsible of the media to proclaim a winner in a race where ballots were still being counted. New Jersey Republicans stressed they would fight for every single legal vote.

The candidates are separated by a FRACTION of a % out of 2.4 million ballots cast.

It’s irresponsible of the media to make this call when the New Jersey Secretary of State doesn’t even know how many ballots are left to be counted.

We will fight for every single legal vote.

— New Jersey GOP (@NJGOP) November 3, 2021

Additionally, government watchdog group Project Veritas released undercover footage of gubernatorial election workers allowing a self-proclaimed non-citizen to still cast a vote in the election despite him admitting that he was not registered to vote.

ILLEGAL: New Jersey Gubernatorial Election Worker: ‘I’ll let you[Non-Citizen/Non-Registered Voter] fill out completely a ballot right now.’ #ExposeNJ pic.twitter.com/Eg2DpnDRkg

— Eric Spracklen🇺🇸 (@EricSpracklen) November 4, 2021

The RNC sent 20 lawyers to New Jersey as the vote count continues. The New jersey GOP said the RNC legal team would help the campaign of Ciattarelli make sure the election is free and fair. Garden State Republicans said they are prepared to go to court over any potential irregularities or violations in the voting and counting process.

"RNC deploys 20 lawyers to NJ as counting continues"

Every legal vote will be counted & our election integrity team (the largest such team ever assembled) will be scrutinizing the process to ensure that's the case & that we get @Jack4NJ elected Governor https://t.co/EpQOZvhnxf

— New Jersey GOP (@NJGOP) November 3, 2021

New Jersey’s gubernatorial election was not originally projected to be close as Joe Biden won the state by 16-points last year. However, a Ciattarelli victory would not be the only upset witnessed in the Garden State this year. Truck driver Republican Edward Durr Jr. defeated Democrat and longest serving Senate President Steve Sweeney despite an over $990,000 differential in campaign spending

The GOP has already gained at least six seats in the State Assembly as well as several Senate seats.

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