WESTFIELD, NJ — State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick confirmed Monday that he is considering a run for governor.
This comes one day before former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli will formally launch his "Let's Fix New Jersey" campaign for the GOP nomination to run against Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in 2021.
Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident, ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 GOP Primary against then Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who lost the November election to Murphy. Ciattarelli was endorsed by seven of the 21 New Jersey County Republican organizations in the Primary race.
Ciattarelli will make his announcement at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy School in Raritan which he attended as a child. He served as a Raritan councilman and council president, later serving as a Somerset County Freeholder before running for the Assembly in 2011, serving three terms before entering the GOP Primary.
Bramnick, a longtime Westfield resident said he may run in 2021. It would follow his November 2019 win in the 21st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Union, Morris and Somerset Counties.
“The message is right now that most people want someone in the middle that they don’t want extremists running our government on the right or the left,” Bramnick told TAPinto Westfield.
Bramnick cited his nearly 20 years of experience in the state legislature.
“I have almost two decades in the legislature,” he said. “Therefore, I have really good relationships on both sides of the aisle, and if you’re going to get something done in Trenton, you have to have those relationships.”
The assembly’s minority leader said he likely intends to decide on a run for governor toward the end of this year.
“I don’t have a time schedule, but I can tell you right now I’m surely going to wait for things to unfold,” Bramnick said. “I think it’s way too early to decide now.”
As reported by TAPinto Somerville, other GOP challengers to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy are expected to include Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.
Bramnick, a former City Councilman in Plainfield, is also a stand-up comedian and attorney with offices in Scotch Plains. He is the winner of the winner of the Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey Contest and author of “Why People Don’t Like You,” an illustrated and humorous guide to interpersonal skills.
“Even if there are problems, at least we can enjoy having a few laughs,” Bramnick said.