Pressure is mounting on Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli’s campaign over an ad featuring a sexual assault survivor. The ad replays public video of Katie Brennan’s allegations of being raped by a former top aide to Gov. Murphy during his 2017 election campaign. Brennan has repeatedly called for the ad to be removed but Ciattarelli’s team is not budging. Instead, it has released a second spot, including Brennan’s image, and painting the Murphy administration as being toxic for women.
Brennan recently told NJ Spotlight News the use of her name and story was disrespectful and appears as a tacit endorsement for the GOP campaign. A spokesperson for Ciatarrelli said there is no plan to remove the ad or adjoining website.