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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Booker raises $2 million for U.S. Senate re-election bid

Democratic primary rival Lawrence Hamm raised $40k

By David Wildstein, April 15 2020 11:50 pm

Cory Booker has jump-started his bid for re-election to the United States Senate, raising $2,003,090 so far this year.

He now has $1,876,930 cash-on-hand, according to reports filed on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.  He is also carrying a $5,266 debt and spent $179,710 in the first three months of 2020.

Booker resumed his candidacy for another term in the Senate on January 13, after dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His reports show total receipts of $10,547,435 for the current cycle, which began after his 2014 re-election campaign, but the number also includes funds that were transferred to his bid for the presidency.

Responding to a question earlier this month from the New Jersey Globe, Booker said that he stopped actively raising money and campaigning for re-election to focus on helping his constituents deal with the effects of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

“People are still digitally giving money to us and the like, but my time, 24/7 is dealing with this,” Booker said.

Booker faces former Newark school board member Lawrence Hamm, the chairman of Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign, in the July 7 Democratic primary.

Hamm reported raising $40,559 for his U.S. Senate bid and has $26,961 remaining in his campaign account.

Among Hamm’s donors is Hetty Rosenstein, the state director of the Communications Workers of America and a Sanders supporter.  She contributed $350.

On the Republican side, Atlantic County businessman Hirsh Singh has raised $445,969 – the most in a field of five GOP contenders.  Singh, who has organization lines in Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, already spent most of his money and has $26,582 cash-on-hand and a debt of $45,355.

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Rik Mehta has raised $374,755 for the chance to take on Booker, most of it from a $315,000 personal loan.  He has$181,164 cash-on-hand and $39,420 in debt.

Mehta has organization lines in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union and Warren counties, and the slogan of his home county GOP organization in Morris.

Tricia Flanagan, has just $2,234 cash-on-hand after raising $14,836 for her Senate bid.  Two other GOP candidates, Natalie Lynn Rivera and Eugene Anagnos, have not yet filed the campaign finance reports.

Booker, a former mayor of Newark, won a 2013 special election following the death of longtime U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.  He was re-elected in 2014.

Republicans have not won a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey since 1972, a 0-16 losing streak that has existed longer than every other state but Hawaii.

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