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Jack Ciattarelli, Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey, during a rally in Somerville, New Jersey, on Tuesday. Photor: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Businessman Jack Ciattarelli won the Republican nomination for governor in the New Jersey primary election Tuesday, AP reports.

Of note: The former N.J. Assembly member, who was accused of being a "never Trumper," defeated pastor Phil Rizzo and engineer Hirsh Singh, who were both vocal supporters of former President Trump, AP notes.

  • Ciattarelli called Trump "not fit to be president" and said he didn't vote for him in 2016, according to the Garden State Times.
  • But the former Goldman Sachs executive later told WPMG that Trump had "earned my faith and confidence in the sense that his policies worked for the nation."

What's next: Ciattarelli, who has previously served as U.S. ambassador to Germany, will next face incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) in the gubernatorial election in November.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated Sep 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden says California voters "will get Trump" if Newsom is ousted

President Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a campaign event at Long Beach City College on Monday. Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden said while campaigning for Gov. Gavin Newsom in California that if the Democrat is ousted in Tuesday's recall election, voters will end up with a "clone of Donald Trump" as governor.

Between the lines: Although Biden never mentioned him by name, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has emerged as Newsom's biggest threat. Elder in 2019 described Trump's 2016 election win as "God-sent," and state Democrats have sought to imply that a vote for him is a vote for Trumpism.

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Sep 15, 2021 - Axios Denver

Heidi Ganahl levels attacks and dodges Trump in campaign launch

Heidi Ganahl announcing her campaign for governor in Monument. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Republican Heidi Ganahl on Tuesday listed in quick succession the problems in Colorado that are driving her run for governor — high gas prices, a mental health crisis, inflation, unemployment and increased violent crime.

The big picture: And she leveled not-so-veiled attacks against Democrat Jared Polis, the nation's first openly gay elected governor, the Denver Post reports.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.