The hype on Bob Martin, the self-funding Republican Senate candidate in the 15th district against Shirley Turner, turned out to be exactly that. Martin has raised $124,221 and spent $106,925 — not exactly an exorbitant amount in a strong Democratic district, and less than half what his campaign boasted he was spending. He’s been outspent Turner, who has $445,141 in her warchest to spend if she was nervous, which she is not. So basically, Martin is a self-funder being outspent by his opponent in a district his party hasn’t won since 1993.
No wonder Bob Martin wouldn’t disclose how much money he was planning to spend when he sold The Star-Ledger’s Joe Donohue a bill of goods earlier this month.