by Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein
The gubernatorial election ending when polls close Tuesday evening on November 2nd is not about right versus left or Republican versus Democrat. This election is about whether we will be governed by commonsense or by out-of-touch extremism. Gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has been an advocate for NJ families, working and middle class residents, taxpayers, job growth, and freedom for New Jerseyans of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Phil Murphy, the disastrous incumbent governor, has pursued policies which have killed 8,000 nursing home residents, increased the cost of living on working and middle class New Jerseyan’s, and has been busy destroying over 1/3 of NJ small businesses and the state economy.
Murphy’s forecasted future plans are even worse than his record to date. These are plans he hasn’t yet said fully aloud, but which he has hinted at and for which his campaign higher-ups have gotten in trouble for letting leak. These plans, to create a mandatory vaccine passport system like in NYC, will likely not hurt large chains but will cripple the remaining small businesses (particularly in minority communities) by creating de facto segregation and disallowing them to serve a large portion of the public. This Murphy policy comes at a time when Covid-19 numbers are at the lowest point ever. Just like his pandemic era policies requiring mom and pop shops to close while allowing big box stores to remain open and mandating nursing homes (which had no quarantine facilities) to take in Covid-19 patients, this new policy will harm our state.
Murphy’s extremism doesn’t end at Covid-19. Rather, even before the pandemic Murphy’s was hurting the economy and killing jobs (most famously chasing away the great smelling Nabisco Factory in Fairlawn). While Murphy and his fellow extremists would have us forget, the reality is that the state economy was shrinking, taxes were already rising, and the cost of living in New Jersey was growing before the pandemic.
On social issues, Murphy has continued to screw the pooch (and NJ). Following the lead of President Biden and the modern day far-left-dominated Democrat Party, Murphy has been pushing the anti-police and critical race theory agenda centered on the falsehood that America is “institutionally racist.” On education, not only did Murphy leave so many of NJ’s children behind by failing to ensure public school virtual education was suiting the needs of all the students, especially those in inner cities, but he pushed a “sex education” curriculum for elementary and middle school children that could make a prostitute blush. While the people of NJ wanted an end to marijuana prohibition, Murphy (in a law no one asked for) made it illegal for police to search a child caught consuming marijuana or alcohol for more marijuana or alcohol and prohibited police from notifying parents that their child was using while underage.
This election the state of NJ has a choice between extremist Phil Murphy who has proven himself out of touch with parental rights, individual freedom, job growth, and who bears personal responsibility for the deaths of thousands of nursing home residents, and Jack Ciattarelli. The voters of the state can save New Jersey from a Phil Murphy future of increased unaffordability and cost of living, skyrocketing taxes, indoctrination over education, and growing crime by sending in Jack Ciattarelli with his plan to rebuild NJ. This is New Jersey’s the last call for commonsense.