Exclusive — Leaked RNC Memo: GOP Deploying Dozens of Lawyers to New Jersey to Fight Governor’s Race Battle

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli speaks at his watch party on November 02, 2021 in Bridgewater, New Jersey.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is deploying at least 20 lawyers to New Jersey as part of its expanded election integrity push in the state and nationwide as counting continues in the closer-than-expected governor’s race, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

A leaked RNC memo obtained by Breitbart News shows that the party is deploying 20 more lawyers than it already has on the ground as counting stretches into later in the week, and an official winner has not been determined between Democrat incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy and GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli.

“New Jersey might be a blue state, but the RNC doesn’t hesitate to invest in any opportunity to push back on entrenched Democrats who fail their constituents with their far-left policies — including making over 2.5 million voter contacts,” the memo states. “The RNC has also been a national leader on the election integrity front, and that’s especially true of our efforts in New Jersey.”

The 20 extra lawyers being deployed now “to help supervise the vote counting processes and to ensure only legal votes are counted”—it is unclear what will happen in the coming days, and whether New Jersey will head to a recount or some other kind of a challenge whichever side wins—comes in addition to increased efforts from the national GOP in the state this year.

“Leading up to the election, the RNC, working with the state party, had lawyers covering every county in New Jersey to ensure legal transparency ahead of election day. This coverage will continue in the coming days,” the RNC memo says, adding that “The RNC is preparing to launch any necessary litigation to ensure the integrity of the election process.”

The RNC’s legal unit on the ground succeeded on Tuesday evening in blocking an effort from the ACLU and other leftist groups like the League of Women Voters to extend voting hours to help Murphy as part of an “attempt to improperly extend polling hours statewide.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks to supporters during an election night party in Asbury Park, N.J., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) speaks to supporters during an election night party in Asbury Park, New Jersey, early Wednesday, November 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

“GOP lawyers and election integrity staffers were continuously monitoring and shaping the process until a New Jersey judge rejected the request, which would have undermined New Jersey election integrity,” the RNC memo says.

The RNC memo also details other party-led efforts to ensure election integrity in New Jersey this year, noting that it “is building out a historic year-round election integrity operation that recruits and trains volunteers to poll-watch and establish best practices to ensure that elections are free, fair, and transparent” and that the RNC hired a “state election integrity director in New Jersey who oversees such efforts in the Garden State.”

More bullet points from the memo, directly quoted:

  • The RNC filled 127 poll watching shifts on election day, which represents 122% coverage of our 104 targeted precincts across New Jersey.
  • Our election integrity director conducted 30 poll-watching trainings that recruited and trained 286 poll watchers.
  • Our election integrity program sent over 187,000 emails and over 54,000 texts to New Jersey voters.
  • The team also recruited 137 poll workers that worked just over 700 combined days of poll working.  This is significant because Republicans have traditionally been at a deficit with poll workers.  However, with this push, Republicans actually had an advantage in much of the state.
  • For reference for how quickly the team built this poll worker organization, the state had to call in the National Guard to fill Republican poll watching spots earlier this year in the primary election, but we were at an advantage by the general election.

The memo concludes by noting these efforts will continue and intensify in the coming days and are “more important than ever” given how close the election in New Jersey ended up being.

“All these efforts will continue in the coming days as the counting continues,” the RNC memo states. “And with such a close election, our unprecedented election integrity efforts are more important than ever.”


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