After losing his election in 2020, former U.S. President Donald J. Trump has become a snowbird. He spent last winter at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. During the summer, he called his Bedminster, New Jersey estate his home. In his summer home state, one of the most important elections of 2021 is raging.
Republican Jack Ciattarelli today is hoping to defeat his opponent, incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy. It’s an election that’s important to residents of New Jersey, but apparently, not on the President’s radar.
That could be because Ciattarelli has been a strong opponent of the former President, calling him a charlatan who was ‘unfit to be president’. That was before Ciattarelli decided to run for governor. After placing his name on the ballot, Ciattarelli tried to make amends with the former President, but Trump didn’t bite.
Ciattarelli attended Trump’s 2020 campaign rally in Wildwood and even warmed up to Trump’s presidential policy, but Trump seems to have not forgiven Ciattarelli for his past “never-Trump” agenda.
Today, as polls readied to be open, Trump sent out an email urging his followers in Virginia to vote for Republican Glenn Youngkin.
“Hopefully everyone will get out and VOTE tomorrow for Glenn Youngkin, who will be a fantastic Governor for the Great State of Virginia. Glenn is a very successful businessman who knows how to make Virginia’s economy (which is doing poorly!), great—and he has had my Complete and Total Endorsement for many months! Glenn believes in FREEDOM, including freedom for parents who want a good education for their children. He is also a strong believer in our now under siege Second Amendment, and loves our Military and our Vets. Everything is on the line in this election, and every MAGA voter should strongly support Glenn Youngkin. We must win bigger than the margin of fraud by flooding the polls with those that believe in America First. Please vote on Tuesday for Glenn Youngkin—he will not let you down,” Trump said in an email.
Trump didn’t even mention Jack Ciattarelli or the New Jersey race. Trump has endorsed Youngkin and has largely ignored Ciattarelli. Ciattarelli entered election day down in early voting nearly three to one and behind Murphy in the latest non-partisan polls by margins of 6 to 11%.