Bergen Democrats and Burlington Republicans spent the most money between January 1st and Sept. 30th of this year, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Bergen Dems spent $365,455 in that time (compared to $142,671 by their GOP county counterparts. Burlington Republicans spent $407,769 in the same period of time, compared to $36,353 by Democrats).
On Sept. 30th, Burlington Republicans had the highest net worth – by far – of any county party organization with $956,699; followed by Passaic Democrats – home to State Party Chairman John Currie – with $342,477.
Somerset Republicans reported a net worth of $261,633 – compared to $23,879 by their Democratic counterparts, who had a fundraiser earlier this month with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI).
Bergen and Burlington are the two largest county theaters of political combat this year.
In Monmouth County, where young Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal is trying to get two freeholder candidates elected to the all-Republican board, his organization spent $123,866 by compared to $111,167 by their GOP counterparts.
Since then, Monmouth Republicans had a fundraiser with FOX News personality Geraldo Rivera.
Money raising and spending has increased obviously in the past month since the compilation of this report as the campaign cycle intensifies toward Nov. 4th.
In the same period of time, Ocean Republicans – looking to maintain control of the county and elect Tom MacArthur to Congress in CD3, spent $139,511. Middlesex Democrats spent $278,566.
According to ELEC’s report this morning, county party officials continued to replenish their financial reserves in a year with no statewide campaigns but with counties and municipalities holding elections, according to the latest reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Quarterly reports filed by county parties showed their combined reserves grew from $1.5 million to $2 million since June. Those reserves are smaller than the $2.4 million raised at the same point last year, when there was a governor’s race and all 120 legislators were running. However, the combined war chest is larger than the $1.6 million amassed in 2012, another year with no major state campaigns.
There are county executive elections in Essex and Bergen counties this year, as well as elections for freeholder, sheriff, clerk and surrogate posts in various counties. In addition, there are contests in several municipalities.
The latest reports show Democratic county parties raised more funds during the first nine months of 2014 than they did for the same period in 2010. However, they spent less, and reported lower combined cash-on-hand and net worth totals. Republican county party fundraising and spending totals are down versus 2010 but reserves are up.
Looking just at 2014, Democratic county parties have outperformed Republican committees except for net worth, which is cash-on-hand adjusted for debts owed to or by the committee.
Among Democratic county committees that have filed all of their reports, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Passaic and Union Counties reported cash-on-hand above $100,000. Burlington and Hudson Counties reported a negative net worth after adjusting for debts.