Republican Nick De Gregorio raised an impressive $403,000 during the first 51 days of his campaign and during a brief exploratory process to unseat three-term Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s 5th district.
De Gregorio has $375,000 cash-on-hand.
A U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, De Gregorio announced his congressional run on November 10.
“This strong quarter clearly demonstrates that people have grown tired of the inept leadership of Joe Biden and the pathetic excuses Democrats in Congress like Josh Gottheimer continue to make for him,” said De Gregorio. “Real change is coming this November.”
De Gregorio faces investment banker Frank Pallotta, Gottheimer’s 2020 opponent, and Cresskill businessman Fred Schneiderman in the Republican primary. Pallotta has not yet filed his fourth quarter fundraising numbers, but he showed a bank balance of $110,760 as of September 30, five months after announcing his rematch bid.
Two other GOP candidates are no longer in the race: Fredon Mayor John Flora switched districts after his hometown was redistricted into the 7th, and Sussex-Wantage Regional Baord of Education President Nicholas D’Agostino announced on Sunday that he was instead running for Sussex County Commissioner.
“We are grateful to all of our enthusiastic supporters for meeting the great momentum we are feeling across the Fifth District with the resources we will need to take on the disastrous Biden agenda – an agenda that has taken money from our pockets and left families scrambling over the holiday season to put food on their tables and access COVID-19 tests.
Gottheimer, the Human Fundraising Machine, has also not yet filed his fourth quarter fundraising numbers. He had over $11 million cash-on-hand as of the end of September.
As a first time candidate, Gottheimer raised $218,656 in his first 20 days and had $1,251,496 banked by the end of 2015.
Fourth quarter fundraising reports are due on January 31.