The front runner for the Republican nomination to take on U.S. Senator Cory Booker has $181,164 cash-on-hand after raising $88,179 during the first three months of the year.
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 made to his own campaign. That includes a $60,000 loan during the first quarter of 2020.
Mehta also has $39,420 in unpaid bills, leaving the net worth at $141,744.
None of the other GOP Senate candidates – Hirsh Singh, Tricia Flanagan, Natalie Lynn Rivera and Eugene Anagnos – have filed their Q1 reports with the Federal Election Commission.
Mehta has the organization line in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union and Warren counties, and the endorsement of his home county GOP organization in Morris.
Singh has lines in Ocean, Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May.
Booker launched his re-election bid in January after ending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. He said earlier this month that he had stopped raising money during the coronavirus pandemic, and his FEC report is not yet filed.
Republicans have not won a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey since 1972.