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Meissner raises $315k for challenge to Booker

Former prosecutor puts $300k of his own funds into the race

By David Wildstein, February 01 2020 5:27 pm

Former prosecutor Stuart Meissner has raised $314,735 for his bid to unseat Cory Booker in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race, self-financing 95% of this campaign so far.

He has spent $127,869 and has $186,865 cash-on-hand, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.  Meissner has loaned $300,000 to his campaign.

Meissner reported bringing in $57,310 during the 4th quarter of 2019, including a $50,000 from himself.

Meissner has the endorsement of Hudson County GOP chairman Jose Arango.

Hirsh Singh has raised $318,556, the most in the field of six candidates, but has just $28,602 still in his campaign account.

Rik Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who entered the race on October 17, has raised $286,576 and has $190,280 in the bank.

Three other GOP candidates — former Monmouth County freeholder Gary Rich, Natalie Rivera and Tricia Flanagan – have not yet filed with the FEC.

Federal law requires Senate candidates to file once they have raised or spent more than $5,000. It’s possible that Rich, Rivera and Flanagan have not yet reached those thresholds.

Last year, the FEC opened a case file into allegations that Flanagan did not disclose contributions or expenditures for her independent bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018.  She has not yet responded to a letter from the election law regulators.

Mehta won the Union County organization line at the GOP convention earlier this week.

The candidates face off on Monday for the Somerset County organization line.

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