Three New Jersey Democrats with likely safe seats maintain huge fundraising advantages as they seek re-election in President Joe Biden’s mid-term elections.
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) has $2,661,702 cash-on-hand. He raised $427,875 in the final three months of last year and $1,10,541 total so far this cycle for his seat in New Jersey’s 1st district.
His only announced primary opponent, music teacher Mario DeSantis, had not met the deadline to file his forth quarter fundraising report. He had $970 cash-on-hand as of September 30. DeSantis spent one day as a candidate for State Senate in 2021 but withdrew his primary challenge to Senate President Steve Sweeney after he failed to get enough signatures on his nominating petitions.
Norcross’ Republican opponent, former Collingswood school board member Claire Gustafson, has not yet filed with the Federal Election Commission.
In the 9th district, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) has $1,657,121 in the bank after a $233,982 fourth quarter haul. He’s raised $816,988 for his bid to win a 14th term in Congress.
The front-runner for the Republican nomination, U.S. Air Force veteran Billy Prempeh, raised $50,683 for his rematch with Pascrell. He has raised $176,844 this cycle, but hardly has consumed nearly all of it. Prempeh’s cash-on-hand is just $15,661.
Prempeh has already won the GOP organization line in Passaic county. His primary opponent, realtor Patrick Quinn, started 2021 as a candidate in the next-door 11th district but switched to a run against Pascrell after redistricting. He has raised $1,100 and has $759 in his campaign fund.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) has $178,550 cash-on-hand for her re-election bid in the 12th district. She raised $106,848 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $405,867 for the year.
Her only announced opponent, Republican Darius Mayfield, has raised $140,070 so far this cycle, including $24,656 in the last three months of the year. But Mayfield has burned through nearly all his money and has $20,102 cash-on-hand to start the new year.
Pascrell and Watson are so-far unopposed in the Democratic primary.