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New Jersey Governor’s Race: Ciattarelli Differs in Social Justice

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September 15, 2021: Republican candidate for governor Jack Ciatarelli speaks to his supporters and journalists at a pizzeria in New Milford.
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Although not a cornerstone of his campaign for New Jersey governor, Republican Jack Ciatarelli has had a lot to say on social issues, and his positions tend to be much different from those of his main opponent, incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, giving voters a stark advantage. variance.

Some social justice activists said Ciattarelli’s record in this area is particularly significant, given that he did not respond to a caller’s question asking him to identify the white privilege during a radio interview earlier this month. about a week later, During his second debate with MurphyCiattarelli was asked the same question and answered in this way: “Can whites have access to things that people of color don’t have? Yes, that’s a sad fact. Is the black race marginalized and marginalized? Yes, that’s a sad reality. But we need to address it. And I think I touch on.” In addition…we have to achieve economic development in our black communities. They have been plagued by divestment for decades.”

NJ Spotlight News took a look at Murphy’s record on issues such as social justice, public education, the state budget, taxes and the environment. Below is a review of Ciattarelli’s social justice campaign proposals.

Migration: Ciattarelli, a former member of the state council for three states, lists “fixing the broken immigration system” as part of the platform he listed on his campaign website. Most of his positions support conservative views about federal policies that the governor has no control over, such as “creating a national immigration policy that secures our borders, is consistent with American principles, and respects the rule of law.”

Ciattarelli also pledges to end the Murphy administration’s “safe harbor” state policies and “strengthen cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.” While Ciattarelli couldn’t stop cities like Newark from calling themselves “sanctuaries,” his attorney general could order local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking to detain undocumented, while ruling out the Murphy administration’s directive on the immigrant fund.

During the first two debates between the main candidates, Ciattarelli reversed course on statements he made during the disputed primaries and said his administration would continue to issue driver’s licenses to unregistered people. He will have to, or persuade lawmakers to change The 2019 law that allows non-registered people to obtain a driver’s license.

As a member of the Assembly, Ciattarelli was one of the few Republicans who voted with the Democratic majority Law, later signed by GOP Gov. Chris Christie, allowing unenrolled students to quality in-state education at public colleges.

Criminal Justice Reform: Ciattarelli criticized the Murphy administration’s many directives on law enforcement, saying during the first debate that these served to “morale our cops.” He says he will eliminate mandatory “use of force” reports that all police departments now have to make, and which allow the public to see Main Disciplinary Actions against officials, except in the event of a police officer firing a firearm.

Ciatarelli said on his website that he would oppose the use of civil review boards, with or without subpoena power, to investigate police behavior and recommend disciplinary action against officers for misconduct or abuse of power. Newark has such a board currently. Pending legislation in Trenton would allow these boards to be set up anywhere in the state. He also said he would oppose efforts to remove the qualified immunity that now protects police from being held personally liable for actions taken in good faith that do not clearly violate applicable law.

Ciattarelli called for a review of the state’s criminal justice reform law, which essentially replaced cash bail with pretrial release or detention on the grounds that the accused may be a danger to the public and stand trial.

“I think what we learned is that bail reform didn’t work out as well as we intended”

“What I hear from local law enforcement is that they arrest the same person two, three, four times in six, nine or 12 months,” Ciattarelli said in an interview with NJ Spotlight News. “I also think that if someone has done harm to another person, property or is caught with an illegal firearm, then maybe there shouldn’t be bail reform as we know it. So, I’m all for social justice, but at the same time I think What we’ve learned is that bail reform didn’t work as well as we intended.”

He added that he would support limiting prison sentences to those offered and rejecting a plea bargain to no more than 1 times the deal that was proposed, saying, “This is a form of criminal justice reform that can remedy social injustice.”

Legalization of marijuana: Ciattarelli does not support legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana, which voters approved last November by a two-to-one margin. He says he would have preferred not to be criminalized. He criticized the first law Murphy signed that codified the handling of possession or use of underage weed, which police did not alert parents to the first offense; But lawmakers quickly changed, and Murphy signed a bill making such notification a requirement.

We will not handcuff our men.

“We need to monitor the rule of law here in New Jersey, and I will tell you under Governor Ciattarelli, we will let the police do their job,” he said during the first debate. “We will not handcuff our men.”

Corrections Policy: While he was critical of the way Murphy handled physical and sexual abuse at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, Ciattarelli did not offer any specific policies to improve the state’s only women’s prison. When asked about his plan as he stands outside the Huntron County facility, Ciattarelli said, “Our plan is to protect these prisoners,” without going into specifics, except to say he would have a discussion about whether to close Mahan, Murphy suggested.

“I don’t think the problem is with the building,” Citarelli said. “I think the problem is with management.”

Ciattarelli did not discuss any further prison reforms, although he apparently criticized Murphy’s decision to release several thousand prisoners early or on medical leave last year to stem the spread of COVID-19 within the prison system. More than 4,600 inmates and 3,300 staff have been infected and 52 inmates and a handful of guards have died from COVID-19, most of them early in the pandemic.

in a tweet At the end of last year criticizing the administration’s decision to vaccinate prison inmates early, Ciattarelli wrote, “I can only assume that these prisoners are being given priority until the Murphy administration. It could start by trying to find the thousands of prisoners released this year and return them to prison to complete their sentence, Isn’t it, GovMurphy? When does that start?”

Affordable housing: As a member of the assembly, Ciattarelli sponsored legislation that sought to prevent municipalities from having to provide for affordable housing obligations that had accrued over 16 years when the state lacked the rules setting out these housing requirements. The state Supreme Court, which initially decided that a municipality could not exclude low-income residents in its initial decision at Mount Laurel in 1975, The governed cities have to fulfill these obligations Municipalities were in the courts where housing advocates drafted their plans.

When he ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2017, Ciattarelli said the court mandate would “make suburbs poor” and that affordable housing should be concentrated in urban areas.

His platform addresses affordable housing as part of his urban revitalization plan. He said he would provide government funds to local religious community organizations for “non-religious” affordable housing and establish a new program with local officials to identify redevelopment projects, select developers through bidding, and use “gap financing” to attract investors to build. Affordable homes at market prices.

‘We have to stop the creeping exacerbation’

During his recent debate with Murphy, Ciatarelli said “the numbers don’t make sense,” referring to the obligations outlined by the judiciary. Using his hometown of Hillsborough as an example of how inconsequential court decisions are, Ciattarelli said that “3,000 units are being constructed in the middle of a city where there are no jobs, there is no mass transit, there is one highway, one lane in each direction.” Hillsborough Court Settlement Requires town area for 806 affordable units only.

Should there be some affordable housing in Hillsborough? You bet on it. “We have seniors, we have veterans, we have disabled people, we have young people trying to get started. OK, but we have to stop getting stretched.”

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