Republican Rosemary Becchi raised $116,026 between April 1 and June 17 for her race against freshman Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and has $224,159 cash-on-hand.
A former U.S. Senate Finance Committee tax counsel, Becchi has raised $741,804 so far.
Sherill has a warchest of $3,185,168 after raising $637,166 between April 1 and June 17. The freshman congresswoman has raised $4,129,550 since taking office in January 2019.
Becchi had initially sought the GOP nomination to run against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the next-door 7th district, but switched to New Jersey’s 11th in January after party leaders cleared the field for her.
Sherrill raised almost $8.5 million in her bid to flip the 11th in 2018 and outspent her Republican opponent by an almost 5-1 margin for a seat that Republicans had held since 1984.
The former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor had initially expected to run against a twelve-term incumbent, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding).
Sherill’s early fundraising talent – she had raised more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017 –helped frighten Frelinghuysen into retirement. With a warchest of under $1.2 million, Frelinghuysen announced his retirement weeks after Sherrill announced her own fundraising numbers.
Sherrill won her House race by 46,262 votes, 57%-42%, in a district that Donald Trump carried by one percentage point.
The 11th district has 1,179 more Democrats than Republicans. When the district was drawn after the 2010 census, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 24,176.
Becchi announced today that Sydney Ugalde is taking a leave of absence from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce’s staff to work on her campaign.
“Sydney is well-respected in New Jersey, volunteered extensively for local organizations, been an advocate for women, and worked to help elect strong candidates in New Jersey,” Becchi said.
Ugalde is the Randolph Republican Municipal Chair.