FEC: Gottheimer the Only Challenger Lighting up the Fundraising Front

Gottheimer. Pic by DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN/BERGEN RECORD STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER.

Gottheimer. Pic by DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN/BERGEN RECORD STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER.

CD3 Democratic challenger Jim Keady this weekend received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Inquirer over his primary rival Frederick LaVergne.

But if Keady gets by LaVergne next Tuesday he still has a considerable distance to cover in fundraising alone in a Republican-leaning district. U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) this month reported $404,085 cash on hand to the Federal Election Commission, compared to Keady’s $32,866.

Keady’s emblematic of challengers’ fundraising woes everywhere except in CD5. There, Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer is doing far better than every other challenger this year on the fundraising front. Gottheimer has $1,984,806 cash on hand, compared to $2,627,659 possessed by incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) in the most anticipated general election contest of the season.

Elsewhere:

IIn CD2, establishment Democratic challenger David Cole (who must still get past Bernie Sanders fan Tino Rozzo) has $1,893 cash on hand compared to $916,503 in the hands of incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2).

In CD9, Republican challenger Hector Castillo reported $416 cash on hand, to $1.3 million by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.

In CD6, Republican challenger Brent Sonnek Schmelz has $9,500 cash on hand, compared $1.7 million for U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6).

Democrat Peter Jacob reported $19,160 to FEC, compared to incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance’s (R-7) $352,000.