Christie reports raising $137k; Lonegan reports $70k

The two leading candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination filed for addition public funds with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission today.

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie reported raising $137,322, which could bring him additional matching fund of $274,644. Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan reported $69,820 in new contributions. The Lonegan campaign estimates that if fully matched, they will receive an additional $139,640 in public funds.

Christie, who has made one previous filing, has already received $760,160 in public financing. Lonegan has received $553,841 in public funds from his three other filings.

None of the other five Republicans running for Governor — Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham), Franklin Mayor Brian Levine, Morris County Freeholder James Murray, inventor David Brown or Newark businessman Dennis Knight — have qualified for matching funds.

The Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine, is self-financing his campaign and will not take public funds. Corzine’s primary challenger, former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson, has not qualified.

Christie reports raising $137k; Lonegan reports $70k