Ciattarelli Not Conceding to Murphy Yet, Says Election Result Will be ‘Legal and Fair’

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New Jersey’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli is not conceding to Gov. Phil Murphy astatine this time, arguing the contention is excessively adjacent to call.

Murphy leads Ciattarelli successful the ballot number by astir 1 percent with tens of thousands of ballots yet to beryllium tallied.

“The governor’s triumph code past nighttime was premature. No 1 should beryllium declaring triumph oregon conceding the predetermination until each ineligible ballot is counted,” Ciattarelli said successful a video to supporters posted connected societal media connected Thursday night.

Murphy was projected the winner by the Associated Press and immoderate different outlets connected Wednesday and the Democrat, presently successful his archetypal term, declared victory.

Ballots volition beryllium accepted done to Nov. 8, according to the New Jersey caput of state’s website, and authoritative results won’t beryllium certified until adjacent month.

Murphy told supporters in Asbury Park conscionable earlier midnight that helium was “humbled to beryllium the archetypal Democratic politician re-elected successful the large authorities of New Jersey since my beloved friend, the precocious politician Brendan Byrne, did this successful 1977.”

Stami Williams, the Ciattarelli campaign’s communications director, noted that conscionable 24 hours earlier, Murphy had said that “we’re going to hold for each ballot to beryllium counted and that’s however our ideology works.”

Epoch Times Photo New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy addresses supporters astatine an predetermination nighttime lawsuit successful Asbury Park, N.J., connected Nov. 3, 2021. (Rachel Wisniewski/Reuters)

According to unofficial counts, Murphy connected Thursday had astir 51 percent of the votes with 97 percent of the expected ballots counted.

Ciattarelli said the program was to fto the counties inactive tallying ballots proceed and informed supporters that his run has radical watching implicit the counting.

Any determination connected a recount oregon audit volition travel astatine the extremity of that process.

The Republican besides urged radical not to “fall unfortunate to chaotic conspiracy theories oregon online rumors,” though helium said “any and each credible reports” would beryllium considered and noted that immoderate irregularities could beryllium reported to a hotline acceptable up by the New Jersey Republican Party.

“What’s astir important is for everyone to beryllium diligent and fto the process play out,” helium said. “Know this—my squad is comprised of immoderate of the champion ineligible and governmental experts successful the country. I committedness you, immoderate the outcome, the predetermination effect volition beryllium ineligible and fair.”

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including authorities and tribunal cases. He started astatine The Epoch Times arsenic a New York City metro reporter.

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