Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) raised roughly $50,000 toward a fundraiser last night in Bergen County to boost the coffers of Robert J. Menendez, a Democrat running in the nearby 8th district.
That brings the total dollars raised or contributed by Gottheimer, the Human Fundraising Machine, to Democratic congressional candidates nationally to $4,176,893 so far this cycle.
Gottheimer headlined the event in Teaneck hosted by Phil Goldschmidt, the CEO of Poly-Vision and a New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance board member. Co-hosts were media executive David Nathanson and NORPAC, which supports U.S. Senate and House candidates committed to supporting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
Menendez, the son of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, is widely viewed as the leading Democratic candidate to replace Albio Sires (D-West New York). Sires is retiring after 16 years in Congress.
Since launching his first race for Congress in 2015, he’s raised $23,975,75 for his own campaigns, plus millions more for Democrats in New Jersey and across the U.S. He had $13,071,465 cash-on-hand for his own re-election campaign, as of March 31, and continues to be on a fundraising tear.
In the first three months of his own candidacy, Menendez raised $839,257. He faces Ane Roseborough-Eberhard and David Ocampo-Grajales in the June 7 Democratic primary in a district that has not elected a Republican to Congress since 1956.