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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Gottheimer, the titan of congressional fundraising, brings in $907k in 2nd quarter

Two-term congressman now has nearly $5.7 million cash-on-hand

By David Wildstein, July 11 2019 12:49 pm

The Human Fundraising Machine is raising money unlike any congressman New Jersey has ever seen.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer raised a mastodonic $907,658 during the second quarter of 2019 and has amassed a $5,683,966 warchest seventeen months before the next election.

The behemoth haul comes after raising $830,063 during the first three months of the year.

During his first six months as a congressman in 2017, Gottheimer raised $1.6 million.  Now he’s topped that number, bring in in more than $1.7 million during the first half of his second term in the House.

Gottheimer raised $7,002,979 and spent $2,952,240 during his 2018 campaign, according to post-election reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.  He defeated former Cresskill councilman John McCann by 41,291 votes in a district almost evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans that Donald Trump carried by one percentage point.

A former Clinton White House speechwriter and Microsoft executive, Gottheimer ousted seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016 by a 51%-47% margin.  He outspent Garrett, $4,782,462 to $2,411,570 and outspent him by $400,250.

Gottheimer’s fundraising prowess comes as three Republicans have already entered the race to challenge him: McCann, Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali, and Frank Pallotta, a former investment banker with the ability to self-fund.

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