Pre-Debate Maneuvers: Ciattarelli accuses Guadagno of Christie coziness while LG preps rapid response

Asm. Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) might’ve shown his hand heading into tonight’s first of two GOP primary debates, Save Jerseyans, dropping a 30-second cable ad titled “Me, Too” which attempts to tie Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to the unpopular tenure of her boss, Chris Christie.

“Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, had seven years to fix things and failed,” Ciattarelli says. “Had enough?”

“Ready to change New Jersey?” Ciattarelli adds after flaunting his private sector credentials. “Yeah me, too.”

Guadagno and Christie have had a famously rocky relationship for years and, over the last several months, that relationship has deteriorated in public view. The LG has nevertheless run unapologetically on her record as the Christie Administration’s business cultivation czar.

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The Guadagno campaign, meanwhile, is launching a rapid response Twitter account heading into Tuesday night’s Stockton confrontation between the two GOP candidates.

“Trailing in fundraising, endorsements and the polls, we fully expect the Ciattarelli campaign to resort to false and desperate attacks to try and gain traction,” said Dave Huguenel, Guadagno’s campaign manager. “Facts matter, and the @Guadagno2017 Twitter account will help us set the record straight no matter the attacks.”

Guadagno’s team boasted more than $1.5 million cash-on-hand as of the ELEC May 5th reporting deadline.