Challenging in the 7th District, Tewskbury businessman David Larsen leads other conservative NJ Congressional primary challengers in terms of money – but not by much.
In sum, the reports filed by Tea Party challengers and their ilk with the Federal Election Commision (FEC) reflect no overwhelming force as they try to hobble a New Jersey Republican establishment now helmed by Gov. Chris Christie, a darling of the national Republican Party, whose fan club includes Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck.
Here’s a run down, with the caviat that some of these candidates amped up their fundraising efforts in the closing weeks of campaign season since the FEC received these reports on May 19th.
In the 11th District, Tea Party challenger Richard Luzzi filed no report with the Federal election Commission. U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) reports $607,536 cash on hand.
The breakdown in the 7th Congressional District is as follows: Tea Party candidates Bruce Baker $3,000 raised, 2,036 cash on hand; David Larsen $90,745 raised, $4,963 cash on hand; Lon Hosford $4,592 raised, $1,006 cash on hand.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Lebanon) has half a million cash on hand.
In the 4th Congressional District, challenger Alan Bateman reports $39,698 raised and $6,430 cash on hand to U.S. Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-Hamilton) $475,689 raised and $248,865 cash on hand.
In the 3rd, Tea Party Approved candidate Justin Murphy has raised $13,000 and has $3,918 cash on hand. Establishment challenger Jon Runyan reports raising $225,815, with $134,693 in the bank.
Tea Party candidate Dave Corsi did not file a report in the 12th Congressional District primary. Establishment Republican Scott Sipprelle reports $639,828 raised in the cycle with $432,901 cash on hand. For the record, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.) reports $798,718 raised this cycle, bringing his cash on hand to $808,616.
In the 6th District, establishment candidate Diane Gooch of Rumson raised $432,902 and has $232,237 in the bank, to Tea Party endorsed Anna Little’s $21,720 raised and $2,215 cash on hand.
In the 2nd District, Tea Party challenger Linda Biamonte raised $12,313 and has $994 cash on hand, compared to U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s (R-Ventnor City) $777,364 raised and $1,119,870 cash on hand.