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Jack Ciattarelli

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A state Assemblyman representing Central Jersey’s 16th District, Ciattarelli is the founder of Galen Publishing, a medical publishing business.

Ciattarelli, 55, was born in Somerville and raised in Raritan Borough, the grandson of immigrants. Only one of his parents graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and then an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. Although he passed his certified public accountant exam, he is not working as an accountant.

Instead, Ciattarelli co-founded a medical publishing company in 1995 and sold it four years later. He went on to found Galen Publishing a year later. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall for three years.

His first stint in government was as a member of the Raritan council, on which he served from 1990 to 1995. More than a decade later, he ran for office again and this time was elected a Somerset County freeholder, a position he held between 2007 and 2011. Six years ago, he ran for and won his Assembly seat and began his first full term in 2012.

As a member of the lower house, Ciattarelli serves on the financial institutions and insurance and the regulated professions committees.

Last fall, Ciattarelli announced his candidacy for governor. Soon after, he learned he had throat cancer and scaled back his campaign to undergo what he called “aggressive treatment.” Two months ago he said he was cancer free.

He lives with his wife and four children in Hillsborough, where he has coached Little League baseball and township recreation softball and basketball.

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