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Brian Fitzherbert. (Photo: Facebook).

Deadbeat congressional candidate still hasn’t paid his debts

Brian Fitzherbert owes $27k from 2020 but has not raised any money so far this year

By David Wildstein, October 10 2022 1:23 pm

The man who can’t raise a dime hasn’t raised a dime.

Brian Fitzherbert reported raising nothing in the third quarter of 2022, even though his abandoned  2020 campaign for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’ second district still owes $27,279.

He raised no money at all during the third quarter of 2022, even though he had committed to retiring some of his debt.

His campaign account has $745 cash-on-hand, an amount that Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) could raise in about five seconds.

Debt retirement has been nearly impossible for Fitzherbert and it’s not clear that he’s even trying.  He raised nothing in the three quarters of 2022.

It may be that Fitzherbert is not making a huge effort to pay his bill.  Recent Facebook posts show him apple picking in Medford, spending time at the Jersey shore, and attending political fundraisers.

So far, the brief political career of the 33-year-old Fitzherbert has not gone well.

His 2018 campaign to fill the open seat of retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo folded after his nominating petitions fell seven signatures short of the number he needed to get on the ballot.

Saying he was “congressional material,” he turned down a chance to run for the State Assembly in the hugely competitive 2nd legislative district in 2019 and instead announced a challenge to freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew, then a Democrat.

But after Van Drew switched parties, Republican leaders sought to clear the field and Fitzherbert, whose fundraising numbers were sluggish, dropped out of a race he couldn’t afford to run anyway.  At the time, he was facing self-funder David Richter.   He had raised just $37,162 in 2019.

In 2020, he became a candidate for Atlantic County freeholder, but dropped out two days later.

In 2021, Fitzherbert received just one check: $1,000 from Jeffrey Reichle, the chairman of Lund’s Fisheries in Cape May.  He used most of the money a few weeks later to pay McCauley & Associates, a Utah-based campaign accounting and compliance firm he owed money to.

After dropping out of the 2020 race, he raised just $2,250, including Tzedakah donations from gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli ($500) and Republican State Chairman Bob Hugin ($250).

Nearly two-thirds of Fitzherbert’s debt is to Amanda Woloshen Glass, a prominent New Jersey political consultant.  He owes her $17,600.  Axiom Strategies,  a national political consulting firm run by Ted Cruz’ 2016 campaign manager, Jeff Roe, is owed $5,000 by Fitzherbert.

He also owes $2,900 to a New York City fundraising consultant, Erin Ehrich of EME.

Fitzherbert did not immediately respond to a 12:39 PM call seeking comment, or one in August on the same topic.

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