HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has named Jeffrey Vanderbeek, former chairman & managing partner of the NHL's New Jersey Devils hockey club - and former Somerville High School football coach - as the finance chairman for his 2021 campaign.

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident who served three terms in the state Assembly, a successful entrepreneur and small business owner, said that Vanderbeek brings “credibility and gravitas” to his campaign’s fundraising efforts. Seasoned New Jersey campaign finance professionals Erin Ehrich and Jamie Montgomery will fill out Ciattarelli’s finance team.

“I am honored and excited to have Jeff Vanderbeek join my team,” said Ciattarelli, who has been crisscrossing the state since announcing his candidacy two-plus weeks ago at John F. Kennedy elementary school in Raritan where he was a student.

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“Jeff is a Jersey guy through and through, and, like me, knows our state is in desperate need of fixing. He shares my vision for the future of our state, and I am proud to say that he’s ‘all-in’ on this campaign,” Ciattarelli added.

Vanderbeek, 62, who is married with three children and a resident of Warren Township, said he sees Ciattarelli’s campaign as perhaps the last best chance to fix New Jersey.

“Playing a leadership role in a political campaign wasn’t part of my life plan,” said Vanderbeek. “But I love this state and we are in crisis mode. People are fleeing in record numbers, special interests run Trenton, and residents are losing hope. I truly believe Jack Ciattarelli has the experience, the work ethic, and the vision to turn it all around and fix New Jersey.

"I could not be more excited to be part of the team and working toward the campaign’s success,” Vanderbeek added.

Vanderbeek left the Devils in 2014, and took over the Somerville High School football team, which was stuck in a 22-game losing streak over several seasons. He turned the program around, winning a Sectional Championship in 2017 before resigning. He remained with the team in a voluntary capacity.