Steinhardt announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor.
“I’m a lifelong Democrat and I will be supporting Governor Murphy for re-election,” Cappelli told the New Jersey Globe. “I enjoy a great business partnership with Doug but Governor Murphy will get my support in 2021.”
Cappelli is the second partner at Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli to announce their endorsement of Murphy. Former Gov. Jim Florio told the NJ Globe on Friday that he was also supporting Murphy.
Steinhardt, the Republican State Chairman and a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, is unlikely to seek Democratic support as he campaigns among GOP primary voters.
Florio had an upside-down 21%-44% approval rating among Republicans in a 2018 Monmouth University poll, 25 years after leaving office.
The same poll had former Gov. Chris Christie also upside-down among Republicans, 43%-48%, which means he was more unpopular among Republicans than Florio.
Former Gov. Thomas Kean, who has been out of office for 30 years, had approval ratings of 58%-7% among Republicans in that poll.