A progressive challenging Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the Democratic primary raised just $112,302 during the first quarter of 2020.
That leaves Kreibich with only $133,000 cash-on-hand to take on Gottheimer, the Human Fundraising Machine, in the July 7 primary election.
Gottheimer raised $903,807 during the first three months of this year and has $7,877,744 in the bank. The two-term congressman’s haul includes corporate PAC contributions, while Kreibich does not accept such contributions.
With organization lines in Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties and a 59-1 cash advantage, Kreibich’s fundraising difficulties – some perhaps caused by the challenges of raising money in the COVID-19 era.
Kreibich tried to put a positive spin on her fundraising.
“I am so proud of our campaign’s grassroots movement to win back New Jersey’s 5th district and elect a real Democrat who fights for working families, not just the largest corporate donors. Today we’re reporting our largest fundraising quarter yet without taking a dime in corporate PAC money,” Kreibich said. “We now have the resources we need to build for the home stretch as we talk to voters across NJ-5 about fighting for data-driven policy, like healthcare for all, universal paid sick leave, and bold action to tackle climate change.