Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) has raised $43,900 for his bid for the GOP nomination for Governor — nearly all of it self-financed — and has $2,392 cash on hand. Merkt and his family has loaned $42,400 to his campaign, and has spent $41,507. The largest disbursement of the Merkt campaign is $16,149 to his campaign consultant, Christopher Venis. He has reported no donors above the $300 reportable mark. He spent $2,500 on a website, and $366 on photography.