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Sherrill has nearly $889k cash-on-hand as she prepares to seek a 4th term in Congress

Possible gubernatorial candidate raised $443k in Q1

By David Wildstein, April 14 2023 5:53 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) raised a sturdy $443,201 during the first three months of 2023 and has $888,696 in her campaign warchest as she prepares to see re-election to a fourth term in 2024 – and maybe run for Governor of New Jersey in 2025.

A former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and assistant U.S. Attorney, Sherrill flipped the 11th district House seat in 2018 after 34 years of Republican control.

Her $1.2 million warchest at the end of 2017 helped scare House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) into retirement – and was re-elected last year by a massive 19 percentage points and a plurality of 51,484 votes against Republican Paul DeGroot.

Sherrill has raised a whopping $21,876,492 since becoming a candidate for Congress in May 2017.

There is much speculation that Sherrill, who appears to have secured a safe seat in Congress, will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in two years when Phil Murphy is term-limited.  That could put her in a race against another centrist Democrat, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff); both can spend federal campaign dollars in 2024 before they launch runs for governor in a capped – if they opt for public financing – race.

If Sherrill runs for governor, she is expected to get the Essex Democratic organization line over two other local contenders, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller, the New Jersey Education Association president.  It’s no secret that Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. and County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo want her to run.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced his candidacy for governor this week.  Potential gubernatorial candidates include Senate President Nicholas Scutari, Assembly Craig Coughlin, former Senate President Steve Sweeney, and former Deputy U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jim Johnson.

“As we begin a new campaign cycle, I am grateful for the continued support our campaign received this quarter,” Sherrill said.  “We will continue to build off this momentum to ensure I can keep fighting for the residents of New Jersey’s 11th District to make our state a better, safer, and more affordable place to live.”

Sherrill was a political newcomer when she won 77% of the vote in the 2018 Democratic primary and won the general with 57%.

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