New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Share Where They Stand on Issues that Count for the 50+

Posted on 10/07/21

New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Share Where They Stand on Issues that Count for the 50+

AARP New Jersey Releases 2021 Video Voter Guide

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (Oct. 7, 2021) – AARP New Jersey released its 2021 Video Voter Guide today, featuring gubernatorial candidates, Jack Ciattarelli (R) and Governor Phil Murphy (D). Each candidate answered the same four questions on issues that count to older New Jerseyans, including lowering prescription drug prices, helping residents stay in their homes as they age, enhancing retirement security, and making the state a better place to grow older. You can view the full video here.

AARP has a proud, 35-year history of non-partisan voter engagement. We do not endorse candidates or make candidate/campaign contributions; we do, however, inform AARP members and the public on where candidates stand on issues that count to 50+ Americans.  

The candidates for governor had equal time to answer each of the four questions posed to them by AARP New Jersey state director, Stephanie Hunsinger. 

According to a survey released yesterday from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in partnership with AARP, two out of three New Jersey voters 50+ say they are concerned about affording their prescription medications in the future. When asked about lowering prescription drug costs, Murphy said he was open-minded to the idea of a New Jersey Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and Ciattarelli shared his support for allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.

Both candidates expressed their support of New Jersey’s Secure Choice program, a public-private partnership that will create a voluntary and portable retirement savings option for around 1.7 million private-sector New Jerseyans who currently do not have a way to save for retirement at work.

Both candidates also voiced their desire to uphold New Jersey’s commitment to become a more age-friendly state. 

For information about the Nov. 2 election, including information about New Jersey’s new early voting option and more about where the candidates stand on issues most important to the 50+, please visit  


About AARP New Jersey 
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. AARP New Jersey educates and advocates on behalf of those 50 and older on issues that are important to them, their families and to all Garden State residents. The organization works to strengthen New Jersey communities with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. To learn more, visit or follow @AARPNJ on social media. 

This story is provided by AARP New Jersey. Visit the AARP New Jersey page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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