In 18th, money flowing in to capture Senate seat Buono vacating

TRENTON – The 18th District Senate seat is up for grabs.  You may have heard the incumbent decided to run for the first-floor office in the Statehouse.

If the amount of money showing up in the 18th is an indication, this is definitely one of the battlegrounds identified by the Election Law Enforcement Commission, with the Democrats holding the edge in fundraising.

In terms of parties’ combined spending, the 18th is fourth among the top 10 districts, with $1,345,221 taken in, and it ranks sixth in fundraising, at $1,637,848.

Incumbent Democrat Assemblyman Peter Barnes III has his eyes on the upper chamber seat, and according to the 29-day pre-election report released Tuesday, he has collected $240,145, spent $211,336, and has $28,809 in the bank.

His opponent, Republican David Stahl, has taken in $184,219, spent $166,512 and has $17,707 on hand.

The pattern holds for the district committees.

The group of Barnes/Nancy Pinkin/Patrick Diegnan Jr. took in $541,474, spent $428,299, and has $113,175 in the cash drawer. Pinkin is running for Barnes’ Assembly spot.

The challengers, Stahl/Robert Bengivenga Jr./Lisa Goldhamer took in $332,262, spent $238,232, and has $94,030 in reserve.

Spending is soaring in the battlegrounds as a whole, with 10 of the 40 legislative districts having attracted 75 percent of the spending so far, ELEC Executive Director Jeff Brindle said.  In 18th, money flowing in to capture Senate seat Buono vacating