Senate dollars: Sweeney has $944,430 COH; Kean $275K

In an election year, state Senate President Steve Sweeney has $944,430 cash on hand and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr has $274,994, according to their quarterly Election Law Enforcement Commission reports. 

Sweeney raised $59,200 this past quarter compared to Kean’s $62,422.

Presumptive 2011 marquee matchup state Sen. James Whelan (D-Atlantic City) and his challenger Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Twp.) respectively report $86,428 and $135,149.  

State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) lists a quarterly closing balance of $1,170,916.72. The senator began the quarter with $1,206,679.35 cash on hand. He raised $12,194.60 this past quarter.

In a potential matchup in the 4th Legislative District, incumbent state Sen. Fred Madden reports $106,611 cash on hand and likely GOP challenger Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco has $43,131.

A possible 2013 gubernatorial candidate, state Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) reports $84,951 in this election year. She raised $45,450 this quarter, according to ELEC. Always on Republican short lists for U.S. Senate 2012 like his colleague Kean, Gov. Chris Christie confidante state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown) reports $442,809 in the bank.  Veteran Black Caucus leader state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-Newark) possesses $48,806 in his campaign fund after raising $12,675 this quarter.

Targeted by Christie as a despised political enemy, 36th District state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, raised $80,175 this quarter and reports $663,597 in the bank. A potential GOP challenger to Sarlo, former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano, raised $13,625 this fourth quarter and closed with $12,361. Powerful Senate Judiciary Chairman state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), another Christie antagonist, raised $55,369 and reports $267,622 cash on hand.

Sponsor of the controversial voucher bill endorsed by Christie that last week passed out of the Budget Committee, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) raised $56,993 in the fourth quarter and has $30,309 cash on hand. 

Facing a 35th District primary challenge this year in the person of Hawthorne attorney Jeff Gardner, state Sen. John Girgenti (D-Hawthorne) raised $60,340 and has $347,594 in the bank. Gardner opened an account this month but at this point reports no cash.

Rumored as a 2012 renegade GOP U.S. Senate candidate, state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) raised $1,000 toward what figures to be an uncompetitive re-election bid in Warren and Hunterdon counties and closed the books with $1,953. Another potential U.S. Senate candidate, state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) raised $10,350 this quarter and has $14,396 in the bank.

In the 10th Legislative District, veteran state Sen. Andrew Ciesla (R-Brick) – who last year told he intends to run again amid rumors he wouldn’t – raised $1,600 this quarter but has $145,510 comfortably in the bank.

Up for two seats this year and protected in his right to pursue both of them under a dual office holding grandfather clause, North Bergen Mayor and 33rd District state Senator Nicholas Sacco raised $18,433 this quarter for the latter office and shows a campaign balance of $73,916. His mayor’s office re-election account shows zero raised this quarter and $14,885.35 in the bank.

There was no report yet on file from state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) in the 31st District. Neither was there evidence of financial life from her challenger, businessman Bruce Alston. Ditto state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) early. Ditto state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Cedar Grove).

In the battle of Republican state senators who are also dentists, veteran Gerald Cardinale of Demarest raised $33,437 and reports $98,326 in his account, while Joe Pennacchio of Montville raked in $47,550 this quarter and closes with $93,191.

Wobbly at times last year with the local Democratic organization as she assumed a leading Trenton role as chair of the Senate Education Committee, on again off again  state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) raised $1,037 in the fourth quarter and  that’s exactly how much she has in the bank.

Other senators…

State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton) raised $7,504 and closes with $57,379;

State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) raised $33,439 this quarter and closes the books with $107,258;

State Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Woodbridge) raised $19,875 and has $25,092 in the bank;

State Sen. Robert Singer (R-Lakewood) raised $13,228 and closed with $32,418;

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew raised $3,000 in the fourth quarter and has $25,922 cash on hand;

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck): $18,527 raised this quarter; $45,417 cash on hand;

State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Edgewater): $500; $78,060 COH;

State Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-Union City): $5,391 cash on hand;

State Sen. Bob Gordon (D-Fairlawn): $131,095 cash on hand;

State Sen. Sean Kean (R-Wall): $67,631 cash on hand;

State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Branchburg) raised $12,914 and has $69,644 in the bank;

State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrenceville): $896 raised this quarter; $533,000 COH;

State Sen. Steven Oroho (R-Franklin): $5,789 raised; $35,960 COH;

State Sen. James Beach raised $5,350 and closes with $57,237;

State Sen. Chris Connors filed jointly with his running mates – $15,880 raised; $77,378 left.

Senate dollars: Sweeney has $944,430 COH; Kean $275K