HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township resident Jack Ciattarelli, who gave up the opportunity to run for reelection as state Assemblyman when he announced his candidacy for governor in the Republican primary, is winding down his six years of service representing the 16th Assembly District, which includes 14 municipalities in Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer and Hunterdon counties.
Ciattarelli lost the June Republican primary to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who lost the gubernatorial election to Democrat Phil Murphy in November.
The Seton Hall graduate has a long career as a public servant, having served on the Raritan Borough Council from 1990-95 and as a Somerset County Freeholder from 2007-2011.
Ciattarelli circulated a letter to supporters on Thursday:
"You’ll often hear elected officials say “it is a great honor and privilege to serve.” Indeed it is, particularly in the state legislature, where only 120 individuals enact laws and adopt public policy on behalf of New Jersey’s nine million citizens.
"Looking back, the most rewarding experience of my professional life has been representing New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District and its 14 towns in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties as State Assemblyman. My tenure now ending, I’m especially grateful for all those who actively engaged and, in so doing, made me a better legislator.
"Despite a roaring stock market and low unemployment, the times are still marked by anxiety, particularly here in New Jersey. Perhaps that indicates something very positive about our nature – while we appreciate a good economy, we also aspire for something greater.
"In trying to bring people together during a time of civil strife and great anxiety, it was President Abraham Lincoln who appealed to, in his words, “the better angels of our nature.” Lincoln’s appeal is more important than ever.
"And so, this holiday season, let us put our differences aside and reflect. Let us use the holiday season to be remindful of all we have to be thankful for, particularly as humble members of a larger community.
"In this, my last Personal Message From, allow me to express my deepest gratitude for the very special opportunity to serve and my most sincere best wishes for a joyful holiday season and New Year blessed with health, happiness and peace," Ciattarelli said.