Where 2013 independent spending in N.J. ranks in the nation, so far: No. 6

Newly released figures for independent spending in New Jersey’s 2013 state elections puts the Garden State on the national map for independent spending highs.

New Jersey witnessed the sixth highest amount of independent spending on state elections in the nation, according to election funding data. What’s more is since the election season isn’t even over the figures are preliminary and the Garden State has the potential to inch higher on the list.

According to figures from the National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Election Law Enforcement Commissions, here’s a list of the top ten:

1. California (2010) $85,700,713

2. California (2006) $73,092,495

3. Ohio* (2009) $66,293,376

4. Florida (2010) 48,218,708

5. California* (2009) $42,971,200

6. New Jersey (2013, preliminary) $37,793,275

7. California (2008) $36,113,605

8. Florida (2006) $31,538,738

9.Washington (2008) $25,483,806

10. Ohio (2010) $20,706,556

(* Just Ballot Question)

(Aside from Ohio’s 2009 ballot question spending, the above figures include spending in gubernatorial and legislative races, and ballot initaitives.)

Where 2013 independent spending in N.J. ranks in the nation, so far: No. 6