With considerably more money being spent on Democratic Assembly candidates than Republicans, there is the possibility of adding to the Democratic majority in the State Assembly. However, it won’t be easy. Incumbents
have raised almost five times as much as challengers.
The November 3 General Election is just a little more than two weeks ahead. The press has paid little attention. However, the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission provides us with data to follow the money.
The 175 Assembly candidates in all 40 districts through early October have spent $6.6 million from their own campaign accounts in the General Election – 19% less than in 2013. Democrats have spent $4.9 million and Republicans $1.6 million. As of early October the Dems had $3.6 million in cash on hand and the Republicans had $2.1 million. (In the Primary election the candidates spent $12.6 million for a combined total of $19 million so far.)
In contrast with campaign accounts, independent Super PAC’s on the combined Primary and General have spent triple the $1.8 million spent independently during the entire legislative election in 2011. They have spent $5.4 million on the General election, almost all of it supporting Democrats.
Much of the Democratic independent funding has gone to the three most heavily contested races: Legislative Districts 38, 1, and 2. LD 38 is much less of a contest now as Republican challenger Anthony Coppola quit amidst revelations of a book he had written full of racial slurs, rants and stereotypes. More recently Coppola said “he will attempt ‘kind of a campaign’ to clear his reputation, while Republican Party officials are seeking to force election officials to replace him on the already printed ballots.”
Following the money: The LD’s where candidates are spending the most from their accounts in the General Election are:
DISTRICT – SPENT – CANDIDATES *denotes an incumbent
38 – $1,084,580 TIM EUSTACE* (D), JOSEPH LAGANA* (D), MARK DIPISA (R), and ANTHONY CAPPOLA (R).
02 – $1,030,271 VINCENT MAZZEO* (D), COLIN BELL (D), CHRIS BROWN* (R), and WILL PAULS (R).
01 – $ 676,063 BOB ANDRZEJCZAK* (D), R. BRUCE LAND (D), SAM FIOCCH* (R) and JIM SAURO (R).
11 – $ 463,585 MARY PAT ANGELINI* (R), CAROLINE CASAGRANDE* (R), ERIC HOUGHTALING (D), and JOANN DOWNEY (D).
07 – $ 368,425 HERB CONAWAY* (D), TROY SINGLETON* (D), BILL CONLEY (R), and ROB PRISCO (R).
14 – $ 362,629 WAYNE P. DEANGELO* (D) DANIEL R. BENSON* (D), DAVID C JONES (R), and PHILIP R. KAUFMAN (R).
06 – $ 299,091 LOUIS D. GREENWALD* (D,), PAMELA R. LAMPITT* (D), HOLLY TATE (R), and CLAIRE H. GUSTAFSON (R).
16 – $ 261,997 JACK M. CIATTARELLI* (R), DONNA M. SIMON* (R), ANDREW ZWICKER (D), and MAUREEN VELLA (D).
21 – $ 223,145 JON BRAMNICK* (R), NANCY MUÑOZ* (R), JILL ANNE LAZARE (D), and DAVID BARNETT (D).
27 – $ 216,124 JOHN F. MCKEON* (D), MILA M. JASEY* (D), TAYFUN SELEN (R), and WONKYU “Q” RIM (R).
TOTAL – TOP TEN: $4,985,910
Total Legislative Spending: $6,589,670
Every additional Democrat in the Assembly is one vote closer to over-riding a Christie veto.
ALL FINANCIAL DATA from New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
ALL CANDIDATE DATA from The NJ Division of Elections.