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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin campaigns in Rutherford on September 3, 2018. (Photo: New Jersey Globe.)

Hugin contributions to state GOP candidates drops 95% in 2019

Former U.S. Senate candidate contributes to state GOP, Testa

By David Wildstein, October 22 2019 7:17 pm

One year after spending $36 million of his own money on an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid against Bob Menendez last year, contributions by Bob Hugin to local Republican candidates has dropped from $805,360 in 2018 to $43,050 in 2019, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Hugin, the former CEO of a New Jersey pharmaceutical company, contributed $5,200 to Cumberland County GOP Chairman Michael Testa’s campaign for State Senate in the 1st district.

He’s also donated $2,600 each to Assembly incumbents Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), Nancy Munoz (R-Summit), Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport), Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff) and Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff), $2,600 to 15th district Republican Assembly candidate Jennifer Williams, $1,000 to Anthony M. Bucco, and $5,000 to the Gloucester County Republicans.

Hugin sent $16,250 to the New Jersey Republican State Committee, making him the single largest individual donor to the state party this year.  He also contributed $10,000 to the NJ GOP federal account.

In 2018, Hugin contributed $37,500 to each of the county GOP organizations.  Only Gloucester County received money this year.

On the federal level, Hugin has contributed $5,600 to the Hirsh Singh’s campaign for U.S. Senate against Cory Booker.  Singh had briefly challenged Hugin for the nomination last year but switched to the 2nd district congressional race as part of an agreement with Hugin supporters.

Hugin has contributed $5,100 to Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) in his bid for U.S. Congress in the 7th district, and $5,400 to New Jersey’s lone Republican congressman, Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).

Contributions of $5,600 each were made to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska.

Hugin has not contributed to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

He was a Trump delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention.  He gave $100,000 to a super PAC backing Trump, $5,200 directly to the Trump campaigns, and $150,000 to the Republican National Committee in the 2016 cycle.  He also contributed directly to twenty state parties across the country.  He was on a finance committee to raise money for Trump’s transition team.

Hugin declined to invite Trump to campaign for him in New Jersey last year.  The President endorsed Hugin in an Election Day Tweet.

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