The Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)’s 11-Day Pre-Election filing report shows Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan holding a money edge over Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney – $82,061 to – $26,550 – in their North Jersey donnybrook, but 48-hour reports this week show McNerney getting back in the money game with big dollar contributions.
Last week’s totals show that McNerney raised $531,528 and spent $558,078 while Donovan raised $274,680 and spent $192,618. Today, McNerney reports late cash infusuons totalling $231,722 and $13,907 in two reports, including $138,000 from the Bergen County Democratic Organization. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) donated $2,000.
“That kind of massive money from the Democrats doesn’t surprise me,” said Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Bob Yudin.
Donovan reported campaign 48-hour cash infusions this week totalling at least $22,000. The Republican’s contributions include $8,200 from the Bergen County Republican Organization and $2,000 from Amodeo and Polistina for Assembly.
Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) is widely presumed to be first on the GOP list to challenge state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City) next year in the 2nd District.
Bergen County candidates have raised and spent the most money in this cycle of all county campaigns: $1,635,962 raised and $1,377,299 spent. Essex County is in second place with money raised ($1,266,261). County candidates in heavily Democratic Essex have only spent $138,342. Middlesex comes in third with money raised ($639,585) and second ($510,291) in money spent.