SOMERVILLE, NJ - GOP Gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli will discuss his campaign and his five-point plan to re-direct and re-energize New Jersey  at a meeting Friday morning with the Somerset County business community

Hosted by the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee at Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro, 18 E. Main St., the meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident, was the firs person to officially announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey. Following lunch and a short presentation, the three-term Assemblyman and former Somerset County Freeholder will entertain questions from the participants.

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Jack M. Ciattarelli was sworn into his first full term in the Assembly in January of 2012 following his appointment to the seat held by the late Assemblyman Pete Biondi. Previously he served as Raritan Borough Councilman from 1990 to 1995 and Somerset County Freeholder from 2007 to 2011.

In the State Assembly, he sits on the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee and the Regulated Professions Committee. In 2016, he was appointed to the New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force that analyzes and recommends ways for the state to retain and attract new companies in the biotechnology industry. He has also served as Assistant Republican Whip since 2014.

Ciattarelli is a successful entrepreneur and small business owner twice over, having founded two publishing companies, the second of which he continues to serve as CEO and Publisher for a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine journal.

The March meeting continues a monthly series presented in collaboration with the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) and the Somerset County Governing Official Association (SCGOA). The three business advocacy groups have joined to provide an even stronger voice for the Somerset County by working together on a strategically planned speaker program to represent and advocate on behalf of the business community.

“The new collaboration is having a significant impact in Trenton, showing legislators and staff that Somerset County business means business,“ saidJohn Anderson of JCP&L, co-chair of Somerset ELC. “Assemblyman Ciattarelli is the second major candidate for Governor to visit Somerset County, following Assemblyman Wisniewski in February and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno scheduled for April.”

Registration is $30 and includes lunch and the business meeting. A cash bar will also be available. 

The statewide ELCs were established by NJ Business and Industry Association in 1959. SCGOA serves as a forum for exchange of ideas among elected, newly elected, and appointed municipal officials. The SCBP serves as Somerset County’s regional Chamber of Commerce.

For information on the activities of the collaborative organization contact Takeena Deas at 908-

218-4300 or email tdeas@scbp.org.