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Republican congressional candidate John McCann. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe).

McCann raises $33k in 4th quarter, has $31k cash-on-hand

Republican making 2nd bid to oust Gottheimer

By David Wildstein, January 29 2020 3:49 pm

Republican John McCann raised $125,553 for his bid to unseat Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s 5th district and has $31,049 cash-on-hand, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

McCann brought in $33,296 during the 4th quarter of 2019.  He also loaned himself $10,000, bringing his total personal investment in the 2020 race to $55,000.

He trails two other Republican contenders in fundraising.

Montvale mayor Michael Ghassali has raised $861,900 and has banked $728,588.  Investment banker Frank Pallotta reported raising $510,899 in 2019 and has $382,483 cash-on-hand.

Four other Republicans are seeking the nomination to run against Gottheimer: former Bergen County Republican official Paul Duggan; teacher James Baldini; college student Jon Dalrymple; and perennial candidate Hector Castillo.  Dana DiRisio, who spent ten years as an aide to Rep. Scott Garrett, dropped out of the race earlier this month.

Gottheimer, known as the Human Fundraising Machine, has not yet reported his year-end campaign warchest.  He had banked $6.4 million at the end of September.

The former Cresskill councilman is making his second bid to unseat Gottheimer.  He lost by 41,291 votes, 56%-42%, in 2018.

McCann won the nomination two years ago after defeating former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan in the GOP primary by 1,918 votes, 53%-47%.

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.

Gottheimer faces a Democratic primary challenge from Glen Rock councilwoman Arati Kreibich.

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