The Bergen County Democratic Organization, mired in an all-out war for the County Executive post, has outraised all other county parties in the state this year.
To date, the BCDO has raised nearly $550,000 through Sept. 30, the end of the third quarter.
Together with the Bergen Republicans who have raised more than $381,000 year to date, the haul for Bergen is more than $930,000 on the year, outpacing every county in the state, according to figures from the Election Law Enforcement Commission.
And as the county executive race plays out, along with competitive races for Freeholder and Sheriff, the two parties have spent as fast as they have raised. Year to date the parties have spent more than $800,000 on the bloody contests, which are headlined by the race for executive between incumbent Democrat Dennis McNerney and Republican challenger Kathe Donovan, who currently serves as the county clerk.
Statewide, Democratic county committees held a slight fundraising advantage over their counterparts, bringing in more than $2.3 million year to date against just under $2.1 million for the GOP. Both parties have spent prolifically as well, shelling out a combined $4.2 million year to date.
Democratic county parties maintain the deeper pockets with $1.4 million on hand versus $1.1 million for Republican county parties.
Among Republican counties, Bergen held the lead while Burlington County Republicans were close behind with $304,000 raised to date.
For Democrats, the Gloucester County party was a distant second behind the BCDO with a $357,000 haul to date.
The Passaic County Democrats remain the most flush of the county parties with more than $634,000 on hand, dwarfing any other county committee from either party in the state, with the exception of the Burlington County Republicans, who maintain a balance of $606,000 on hand.
Three county Democratic committees- Burlington, Hudson and Mercer – reported negative balances, while only the Hunterdon County Republicans reported a negative number on the GOP side of the ledger.