Update: Looks like Choi has a big win on his hands. PolitickerNJ is reporting that Lance raised $134K in the 2Q, significantly less than Choi announced. And Choi had only two months, while Lance had three plus incumbency.
As we watch the Sweeney-Christie bro-fest fallout and get ready for the legislative election in the fall, the first shot of the 2012 general election for the 7th District House seat.
Former Edison Mayor Jun Choi sent out an announcement that his campaign for the House seat raised more then $180,000 since he announced two months ago, a number he says is twice “what Lance raised in his entire first quarter ($77,415).”
Though a little confusing, Choi is actually comparing his second quarter totals to Lance’s first quarter totals, numbers that are apples and oranges. Lance didn’t have any competition back then, and he has over a quarter million cash on hand at the end of Q1, so he’s not doing badly.
There are two interesting things about this release. First is that Choi is going out early with this announcement, betting that his numbers will be good enough to stand up after others have announced theirs. It’s a calculated risk, but could pick up some good press ahead of 1Q2011 numbers are released by the FEC.
The second is that Choi chose to completely ignore Ed Potosnak, the Democratic candidate against Lance in 2010. The comparison is actually even more beneficial to Choi, since his $180K in eight weeks is more than half of what Potonak raised in the entire last campaign: $349,104.
It’s possible that this comparison is why Choi decided to ignore Potsnak and the nomination they are competing for and to start in after Lance.
It’s likely a good strategy, because if he can keep up this pace he can push Potosnak out of the race by the end of the year. However, Potosnak started early on the 2012 race himself, and had a fundraiser with Representative Barney Frank last month. He ran a great campaign last time against long odds, and built a lot of good will in New Jersey for the way he ran the race last time.
Either way, it’s good to see that the Democrats are going to compete in this district this hard, this early. Choi’s biig numbers, Potosnak’s big gun fundraiser all look good.
Of course, given redistricting this could all be moot come next spring. But for now, smoke ’em if you got ’em!
Choi’s full e-mail is below the fold