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Former Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-Harding).

Former congressmen still holding on to warchests

Frank Lautenberg, who died in 2013, still has almost $90k cash-on-hand

By David Wildstein, February 20 2020 12:48 pm

Six former congressmen from New Jersey have a combined warchest of nearly $900,000, according to reports filed with the federal election commission.

And Frank Lautenberg, who has been dead for nearly seven years, has $89,803 remaining in his campaign account.

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) and Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor), who both retired in 2018 after 24 years in Congress, are sitting with sizeable campaign accounts.

Frelinghuysen has $372,270 and LoBiondo has $203,329.

Six years after he resigned from Congress, Rob Andrews (D-Bellmawr) still has $247,333 cash-on-hand.

Three others have smaller amounts of money.

Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township), who lost his seat in the 2018 mid-term elections, has $47,777 left over from his bid for a 6th term in Congress.

Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly), who retired from Congress in 2008, has seen his warchest dwindle over the last dozen years.  He left office with $389,387 and now has just $14,610 cash-on-hand.

Dick Zimmer (R-Delaware) gave up his 12th district House seat after three terms to run for the U.S. Senate in 1996.  There is still $9,523 left over in his campaign account from a 2008 bid for U.S. Senate against Lautenberg.

Not included in the totals is cash remaining in the account of former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli.

Torricelli left the Senate in 2002 with $2,917,115 in his campaign account. He filed a year-end report in 2018 showing he still had $177,789 remaining, but did not file any reports in 2019.

Lautenberg, who died in office in June 2013, continues to carry a $1,090,000 debt in the form of personal loans he made to his campaigns.

Frelinghuysen, who was named today as honorary chairman of Rosemary Becchi’s bid to win his old 11th district seat, dropped his bid for re-election two years ago and retired from Congress.

The former twelve-term congressman reported spending $3,009 during the 4th quarter of 2019 and a total of $36,535 during his first year out of Congress.

Frelinghuysen contributed $2,000 to Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham).  She served as his district director before his retirement.

He also donated $1,000 to Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) and Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan).   He sent $1,000 to Rob Zwigard’s Morris County Republican Victory PAC and $500 to the Sussex County Republican Committee.

Frelinghuysen contributed $2,000 to help retire the debt of David Young, a former Iowa congressman who lost his seat in 2018.

He also sent $2,000 to former Rep. Scott Taylor, who lost re-election to his Virginia congressional seat in 2018.  At the time of Frelinghuysen’s contribution, Taylor was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Mark Warner.  Taylor has since switched races and is seeking a rematch with the Democratic congresswoman who unseated him. 

LoBiondo wrote $3,000 checks to Republican organizations in Atlantic and Cape May counties, $1,000 to Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), and $15,000 to the Senate Republican Majority, which helped fund the successful campaign of Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland) for State Senate.

LoBiondo also sent $1,000 to Iowa’s Young.

Lance, who lost his seat to Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) by 16,200 votes in 2018, sent $500 to Mark Caliguire’s campaign for State Assembly in the 16th district last year.

Saxton gave $2,000 to a Democratic congressman from South Jersey, Donald Norcross (D-Camden).

He contributed $1,000 each to Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) and Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) for their successful Assembly races in the 8th district last year.  Saxton represented the district in the New Jersey Legislature from 1976 to 1985.

Additionally, Saxton donated $1,000 to Maryland State Rep. Johnny Mautz.

Andrews sent $4,000 to his successor, Donald Norcross.

Zimmer made no contributions during the 4th quarter of last year.

Thirteen living former members of the New Jersey congressional delegation – Sen. Jon Corzine and Reps. Jim Courter (R-Allamuchy), Mike Ferguson (R-Warren), Jim Florio (D-Runnemede), Scott Garrett (R-Wantage), Frank Guarini (D-Jersey City), Rush Holt (D-Hopewell), Herb Klein (D-Clifton),  Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River), Andy Maguire (D-Ridgewood), Bill Martini (R-Clifton), Michael Pappas (R-Rocky Hill), Steve Rothman (D-Englewood),  and Jon Runyan (R-Moorestown) – have terminated their campaign accounts.

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