HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Fresh off a surprisingly strong showing in November, and ready to demonstrate that the county and state need common-sense conservative leadership, the Hudson County Republicans enthusiastically endorsed Jack Ciattarelli for Governor along with qualified candidates for the legislature, county and party offices, a statement said.

"Jack is the real deal. He is the kind of Republican that will win statewide and keep turning the tide in Hudson County. Jack’s business expertise, community leadership, and charisma are unmatched, and we look forward to his principled leadership in Trenton. I enthusiastically endorse him to head our ticket,” Hudson County Republican Chairman, and statewide Chair of Chairs, Jose Arango added.

“New Jersey has been continuously let down by Governor Phil Murphy,” Ciattarelli said in response to the endorsement. “Securing the support of voters and grassroots leaders in Hudson County is a critical step towards making sure Murphy is One and Done in ‘21.”

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“I am grateful to Chairman Arango and the Hudson County GOP for their support and look forward to victory in November.”

With some intra party fighting materializing in the form of a skirmish between Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and sitting 31st District Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Arango believes there may be an opportunity for his candidates to win a seat. He said he has spent the last month recruiting a slate that reflects the great diversity and future potential of Hudson County. So far, he said, the lineup of candidates, which includes former Motor Vehicle Director Neil Schulman of Jersey City for Senate, is particularly strong. 

At the same time, The Fulop Team in Jersey City is dumping the very prominent Filipino Councilman Rolando Lavarro, the GOP has put up former Jersey City Social Services leader and Filipino community activist Rose Javier and financial services professional Madway Greer for Assembly.

“These are very qualified people,” Arango said.

In the 32nd Legislative District, (East Newark, Edgewater, Fairview, Guttenberg, Harrison, Kearny, North Bergen, Secaucus and West New York), Arrango said the Party is endorsing Goya Foods salesperson Juan Barbadillo for Senate.

Goya Foods became the center of controversy in the presidential election when its president refused to distance himself from then President Donald Trump. Based in Jersey City, Goya, which has been instrumental in donating food during the current health crisis, is one of the most prominent Latino run companies in the world.

The ticket will also include nurse Tamara Claudio and former Motor Vehicle Director Marisela Rodriguez for Assembly. All three candidates hail from West New York, which has a strong GOP organization.

In the 33rd District (Hoboken, Remainder of Jersey City, Union City and Weehawken), the Hudson County GOP has endorsed real estate businessman, and Pakistani community leader Agha Khan of Jersey City for Senate, accountant Marcos Marte of Union City and graduate student Jacob Curtis for Assembly of Hoboken.  

For register of Deeds and Mortgages, the Party is backing attorney Walter Schneider of Bayonne.

“For State Committeewoman, we endorse the re-election for attorney Irene Kim Asbury of Weehawken for a fourth term and for state committeeman we back IT professional Frank Miqueli of West New York,” Arango said. 

The Hudson County Republicans also named long-serving North Bergen Commissioner and former Assemblyman Frank Gargiulo as Honorary campaign chairman for the County. 

“This is the ticket that shows the best our county has to offer. All different ethnic groups and professions, and all are successful in what they do,” Arango said. “They don’t need to run for office. They are running because they want to take our state and county in a better direction. There is a reason every year a larger share of voters are joining our party in Hudson County and I think we may break through this year like we did with Tom Kean in 1985.”

“Because just like Tom Kean, our future Governor Jack Ciattarelli believes in the politics of inclusion.” 

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