A successful fundraising event benefiting the campaign of New Jersey Congressional District 5 candidate Josh Gottheimer was held at the Cornerstone Restaurant in Hillsdale on Wednesday night.
The event, which brought in about $10,000 for Gottheimer’s campaign against incumbent Republican Scott Garrett, was hosted by Democratic operatives Michael DeLamater, Justin Braz, Marshall Spevak and Matthew Jordan. The event was attended by about 100 people including Dumont Councilman Louis DiPaolo, Bellmawr Councilman David Spector, Westwood Mayor John Birkner and Bergen County Freeholder Tom Sullivan.
Funds raised on Wednesday add to the approximately $2.9 million Gottheimer has reported in filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) up to June 30. While both candidates are still actively fundraising, seven-term incumbent Garrett’s FEC reports from the same period show he has raised less than Gottheimer: $1.36 million. The next FEC filing is not due until October 15 and will cover funds raised until September 30.
In July, Garrett criticized Gottheimer for supposedly drawing most of his fundraising dollars from outside of Bergen County and New Jersey as a whole. However Gottheimer’s campaign has denied those claims, citing FEC reports to demonstrate that the challenger has raised more money from more people inside the district than Garrett.
While CD5 usually leans to the right, Democratic officials have identified CD5 as a key race in 2016. In November, voters will decide if Garrett will enter another term.