Patrick Morrisey, who sought the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district in 2000 – he lost to Mike Ferguson – is now the Attorney General of West Virginia running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin.
Morrisey raised $14,141 from New Jersey donors in the third quarter of 2018, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. He had previously raised $106,870 out of New Jersey.
Among his home-state supporters: Mark Alles, who succeeded Bob Hugin as chairman and CEO of Celgene, gave $2,700; Richard Bagger, a former state senator and chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie and is now a senior executive at Celgene, contributed $2,700 – bringing his total this cycle to $5,400; and Mike DuHaime, a partner at Mercury Public Affairs and a former Christie political advisor, sent $1,000 to bring his total for 2018 to $2,000.
A recent WSAZ-TV poll had Manchin leading Morrisey by eight points, 46%-38%.
President Donald Trump campaigned in West Virginia for Morrisey on September 29. It was at that appearance that Trump called out New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, saying he “ran Newark into the ground.”
Trump said a vote for Morrisey is a “vote for me.”
In his 2000 race in New Jersey, Morrisey finished fourth in the Republican primary for an open House seat. Ferguson won the primary with 41%, followed by Tom Kean Jr. (28%) and Assemblyman Joel Weingarten (23%).