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New Hampshire GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers. (Photo: Matt Mowers).

New Jerseyan Matt Mowers is top fundraiser in bid for New Hampshire congressional seat

Ex-Christie aide seeking rematch against two-term incumbent Chris Pappas

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 3:58 am

New Jersey native Matt Mowers has raised $840,840 for his run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st district, where he’s seeking a rematch against two-term Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas.

A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, Mowers raised $408,065 during the 4th quarter of 2021 and has $577,426 cash-on-hand.

Christie led a fundraiser for him in Belleville in September.

Mowers has raised $81,593 from New Jersey donors, including a combined $11,600 from Christie and his wife, former First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

Real estate investor Jon Hanson, a longtime Christie fundraiser, and his son/business partner, James Hanson, contributed $5,800 to Mowers.  In 2019, Christie and Hanson have teamed up to form the Hampshire Christie Qualified Opportunity Fund LLC.   The fund sought to raise about $150 million to invest in opportunity zones in New Jersey and other northeastern states that will allow them to take advantage of federal tax breaks in low-income areas.

While Christie was governor, Hanson developed an old Verizon site as the corporate headquarters for Realogy Corporation.  Realogy received a $10.7 million tax incentive from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Two other former Christie administration officials now affiliated with the former governor’s consulting firm also contributed to Mowers: $2,900 from Richard Bagger, Christie’s ex-chief of Staff; and $1,000 from former state Commissioner of Environmental Protection Robert Martin.

Former U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito contributed $5,800 to Mowers, with an additional $1,000 from former Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

Additional $2,900 checks came from former Christie chief counsel Tom Scrivo, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Christie campaign advisor Michael DuHaime, and Trucking company executive Jerry Langer and his wife, Madelynn.

Former Christie chief of staff Regina Egea sent Mowers $506.  And New Jersey’s Republican National Committeeman, Bill Palatucci, kicked in $1,000.

The Mowers Victory Fund raised an additional $152,771 in 2021 and transferred $34,126 of it to Mowers for Congress and 18,759 to the Live Free or Die PAC.   New Jerseyans contributed $17,100 to the fund, including $5,800 from the Hansons and $2,900 from Bagger.

In 2020, Mowers held Pappas to a 51%-46% win.

He began his political career as a young operative, serving as executive director of the Bergen County Republican Committee as a teenager and as an aide to State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest).  He worked on Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaigns and in the governor’s office.

He moved to New Hampshire after Christie’s 2013 re-election to become the executive director of the state Republican party.  He later ran Christie’s New Hampshire primary campaign,

He later joined the Trump campaign as National Field Coordinator & Battle Ground States Director.

Mowers served as the U.S. Department of State as a senior White House advisor and as chief of staff and chief policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.

Pappas has raised $1,613,514 for his re-election bid and has $1,416,307 cash-on-hand – or about 10% of what New Jersey’s Human Fundraising Machine, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) has in the bank.

Mowers is the front-runner against four challengers for the Republican nomination.

Karoline Leavitt, a former Trump White House assistant press secretary and aide to House Republican Conference Leader Elise Stefanik, has raised $585,863 and has $425,545 cash-on-hand.

Former TV newscaster Gail Huff Brown, the wife of former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, has raised $563,114 and has $418,758 in her warchest.

State Rep. Tim Baxter has raised $498,737 and has $367359 banked.

A fourth candidate, Iraq War veteran Julian Acciard, raised $14,467 but has just $169 left.

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