Jack Ciattarelli makes a big deal of his good friends in Jersey. He lives in Somerset County, vacation on the coast and knows how to properly bend a slice. But, as one viral political advertising, he may not know Jersey as well as he thinks he does.
Once upon a time, 30 years ago, a young and idealistic Jack Ciattarelli voted to ban public swearing as a member of the Raritan Borough Council. The measure banned swearing in the municipality and carried a fine of $ 500 and up to 90 days in jail. Holy !@#%. This is the kind of legislation that immediately makes you think, has he even met us?
Blasphemy is one of New Jersey’s top exports. We’ve got cranberries, Taylor ham, and top-drawer curses. Add Springsteen and that’s our contribution to culture. Anyone seeking to occupy the highest office of state should embrace the unique linguistic abilities of their constituents. Celebrate it, don’t ban it @! # $%.
Ciattarelli’s pearl on salty language is actually one of his less problematic political views. He quietly embraced the worst of the GOP culture wars while trying to sell himself as a centrist who just wants to lower your property taxes.
Another interesting aspect of the announcement is that none of the people interviewed have any idea who Jack Ciattarelli is. If New Jerseyers found out about his take on LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive health, they would likely tell Ciattarelli of a host of new places he could put them.