BEDMINSTER NJ - Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno joined approximately 75 loyal Republicans at a fundraiser in her honor at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster Monday night.

Just a few months ago, the GOP nominee for governor would have found herself in the middle of hostile territory in Bedminster.  Guadagno faced a fierce and unexpected challenge in the Republican primary from state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, a popular Somerset County Republican and resident of Hillsborough.  While Guadagno vanquished Ciattarelli to win the GOP nomination, Ciattarelli won Somerset County by a large margin.

The team that surrounded Ciattarelli and powered his candidacy organized the event.  Somerset County Republican Chair Al Gaburo was the master of ceremonies.  Gaburo spoke in glowing terms of Guadagno, who has run a strong and disciplined campaign in his eyes.

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"We started out this summer with a poll that put Kim down 29 points," said Gaburo, "but she has made up most of the deficit.  Victory is now within reach." 

Gaburo was joined by former Governor Donald DiFrancesco, state Senators Kip Bateman and Michael Doherty and Hunterdon County Republican Chair Pat Torpey, and a host of Republican elected officials from Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in support of Guadagno.

Guadagno focused most of her remarks on Democrat nominee Phil Murphy.

"We started out the race way behind, but Murphy gave us some gifts.  First, he admitted that he was going to raise taxes 1.3 billion dollars.  His own words," said Guadagno. 

"What candidate runs for office promising to raise taxes 1.3 billion dollars?" she asked.

"Then in the first debate, he promised to make New Jersey a sanctuary state," she continued.

The election is on Tuesday, Nov. 7.