Josh Gottheimer (D-5th) both raised the most campaign cash in New Jersey last quarter, and has the largest stockpile in the state, having raised over $900,000, and having a $5.6 million stockpile to defend his seat. Meanwhile the four freshmen representatives, who flipped four Republican seats in the 2018 midterms, collectively raised $2.2 million, and have a combined war chest of $3.6 million.
Gottheimer, a two-term incumbent and a Human Fundraising Machine, raised $908,082 last quarter, more than any other House Democrat in New Jersey, and was close to the top of the pack on Democrats being targeted by the NRCC in 202.
Gottheimer raised more than a few presidential candidates, including former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, and Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, and has a massive stockpile of campaign cash, sitting on $5,683,966, to be used for future elections.
Amid a rumored primary challenge from progressives within the 5th district, and a Republican effort to take back the 5th district, Gottheimer has the finances and the infrastructure to mount a formidable defense. Trump carried the 5th district by 1% in 2016.
After a lacking first quarter, freshman Representative Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd) raised $607,305 in the second quarter, just behind Josh Gottheimer in overall fundraising. Van Drew, the Comeback Kid, has $545,822 cash on hand, and his district is one of 4 democratic held seats in New Jersey that flipped in 2018, that the GOP hopes to take back in the 2020 election. Trump carried the 2nd district by 5% in 2016.
Just to the north of Van Drew, Andy Kim (D-3rd), another freshman, raised $548,570 in the last quarter, to hold on to his seat which he flipped in 2018, ousting Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur. Kim has $969,809 cash on hand, to defend his seat, which he won by 1.3% in 2018, and was carried by Donald Trump in 2018 by 6%
Tom Malinowski (D-7th), raised $568,124 in the last quarter, to defend his seat, which he flipped in 2018, against Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield), who raised $506,462 and has $420,852 cash on hand, compared to Malinowski’s $1,020,918. Trump lost this district in 2016 by 1%
Mikie Sherill (D-11th), raised $538,915 in the last quarter, to defend her seat, which she won over Jay Webber in 2018, after incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen retired. Sherill currently has 1,149,535 cash on hand to defend her seat, and is currently not facing an opponent, after Reiner Prijten withdrew. Trump won this district in 2016 by 1%.
Fundraising totals were lower across the board for members of the New Jersey congressional delegation who don’t represent competitive districts, but many of them have a large stockpile they can draw upon in the event of a comparative race. Donald Norcross (D-1st) raised the most of any New Jersey Representative who does not represent a competitive district, raising $517,924 last quarter and has a total of $1,330,531 cash on hand. Chris Smith (R-4th), raised $127,389 last quarter, and has a total of $319,122 cash on hand.
Frank Pallone (D-6th), raised $424,228 last quarter and has a total of $2,580,929 cash on hand. Albio Sires (D-8th) raised the least out of any incumbent in New Jersey last quarter, raising $54,630, and has $181,752 cash on hand. Bill Pascrell (D-8th) raised a total of $135,787 last quarter and has $1,715,785 cash on hand. Donald Payne (D-10th) raised $147,053 in the last quarter, and has $92,002 cash on hand, the least among the New Jersey delegation. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th) raised $59,723 in the last quarter and has $161,394 cash on hand.