2017 gubernatorial contender Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, gave the most money to county party organizations going back to 2014, followed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, according to his morning’s state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) analysis.
all three men appear to be running for governor, with only Murphy so far having formally declared.
Murphy forked $518,850 to Democratic organizations.
The ELEC analysis “provides one explanation for the recent surge- declared and potential contenders for the 2017 gubernatorial election have contributed $2.1 million to county parties since 2012,” said Jeff Brindle, ELEC executive director.
It also found nearly 70 percent of the contributions were made since the last gubernatorial election in 2013.
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