Oink! Oink! A poor man’s Bob Torricelli

State Senator Wayne Bryant has $593,283 in his campaign warchest, according to his most recent report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission in July. Hypothetically, if Bryant was not a candidate for re-election to the Senate in 2007, state law permits a rather wide range of uses for leftover campaign funds. For example, after former Essex County Executive Thomas D’Alessio was released from prison, he used his old campaign account to lease himself a Mercedes and pay his wife a salary. If Sharpe James decides not to seek re-election to his 29th district State Senate seat next year, he would not have to use his $118,066 warchest. James also has $1,231,189 in unused campaign funds raised for a 2006 re-election campaign as Mayor of Newark that he ultimately passed on.

Oink! Oink! A poor man’s Bob Torricelli