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Rep. Josh Gottheimer. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Gottheimer reports huge 48-hour fundraising haul

Late-arriving donations do little to change dynamics in state’s contested primaries

By Nikita Biryukov, June 22 2020 10:45 am

The fundraising gap remains stark in the fifth congressional district as the race enters its closing weeks.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) reported receiving $47,100 in large-dollar contributions on June 19, according to a 48-hour report filed by the candidate.

Arati Kreibich, Gottheimer’s primary challenger, reported receiving a fraction of that amount, $8,600, on June 18 and 19. At the end of March, Kreibich had $133,385.83 on hand to Gottheimer’s nearly $7.9 million.

Former investment banker Frank Pallotta continues to lead in fundraising on the Republican side of the fifth district.

Though he has reported no additional fundraising in 48-hour reports candidates are required to file within 20 days of an election, Pallotta had $296,492.82 banked at the end of March to former Cresskill Councilman John McCann’s $5,003.01.

McCann supplemented his dwindling funds with a $21,000 personal loan on June 19.

Neither Republican candidate seeking the nod to take on Rep. Andy Kim has submitted a 48-hour report, meaning former Hill International CEO David Richter likely continues to hold a cash advantage over former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs.

Richter reported having $462,496.40 in his war chest at the end of the last quarter, while Gibbs had $112,271.87.

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) had a little more than $2.7 million banked and reported receiving another $10,400 in contributions on June 19.

In the second district’s Democratic primary, Amy Kennedy continues to lead the pack in fundraising. The candidate reported $6,800 in donations received on June 18 and 19, including $1,000 from former Gov. Dick Codey’s campaign account.

Codey, who also represents portions of Essex and Morris Counties in the State Senate, endorsed Kennedy earlier this month.

Kennedy’s chief primary rival, political science professor Brigid Harrison, has not filed any 48-hour reports. Kennedy had $407,273.73 banked at the end of March, while Harrison had $177,535.04.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) had a little more than $1.2 million banked at the end of the first quarter and reported receiving another $6,300 since June 14, according to 48-hour reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker continues to hold a massive fundraising lead in his bid for another term in the Senate. The incumbent ended March with close to $1.9 million banked.

He reported raising another $11,400 since June 18, while his primary opponent, Lawrence Hamm, reported receiving a single $2,600 donation from former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

Hamm had just $7,650.41 banked at the end of March.

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