The inexorable fundraising juggernaut of Rep. Josh Gottheimer continues.
The Human Fundraising Machine raised a gargantuan $800,494 during the 3rd quarter of 2019 and has brought in $2,538,639 so far this year.
Gottheimer has $6,397,771 cash-on-hand as he prepares for a re-election campaign that is still more than a year away.
His haul eclipses seemingly impressive fundraising numbers by two of his potential Republican challengers. Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali has raised $301,00 and investment banker Frank Pallotta has brought in $244,000.
To put Gottheimer’s numbers in perspective: his Republican rivals would need to raise nearly $16,000 every day until the 2020 general election just to match what the incumbent has banked right now.
The two-term congressman 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.
McCann is also running in 2020 but raised just $11,470 this cycle and has $6,437 cash-on-hand.
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.