Friendly Fire: Murphy and Ciattarelli go for green, Gottheimer takes on Pelosi

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Q. GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has raised over $3 million more than Gov. Phil Murphy, and yet Murphy has a big advantage thanks to money spent by outside groups, led by $5 million from the New Jersey Education Association. Can we declare our public financing system a failure? Mike: Absolutely not. The public financing system in New Jersey works. The threshold to raise is high enough that only serious candidates qualify, yet it’s generous enough to level the playing field a bit. Otherwise, extremely wealthy candidates like Murphy and Corzine who self-fund their campaigns would …

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