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Donor who shunned Frelinghuysen over guns returns to GOP fold

Wentworth gave $2k to Bucco despite 100% NRA rating

By David Wildstein, January 30 2019 10:08 pm

The co- finance chairman of Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign is back in the Republican fold, one year after making a big deal out of eschewing Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s re-election campaign and backing Democrat Mikie Sherrill for Congress.

Finn Wentworth, a longtime GOP fundraiser and partner in a real estate and investment firm, contributed $2,000 to Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) last October, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Wentworth cited Frelinghuysen’s votes for the NRA-backed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and to repeal the Affordable Care Act as reasons why he would no longer support Frelinghuysen, a longtime friend to whom he had contributed nearly $18,000 over a twelve-year period.

Bucco has had a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association in each of his last two re-election campaigns.

“There were several votes along the way that I felt Rodney was alienating the community that I’m a member of,” Wentworth told the Daily Record in December 2017.

Wentworth’s campaign contributions in 2018 were all over the lot.

He gave $5,400 to Sherrill, $2,700 to Rep. Josh  Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), and $5,700 to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.  But he also gave $2,700 to Patrick Morrisey, an NRA-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate in West Virginia.

Wentworth contributed $2,700 each to Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and his Republican opponent, Bob Hugin.  He donated $25,000 to Integrity NJ, the anti-Menendez super PAC run by allies of Christie.

In the 7th district, Wentworth sent $3,500 to Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) and $2,700 to the Democrat who defeated him, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill).

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