Former Trump administration official Robert Patterson, who faces party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in the Republican primary, has raised $160,750 and has $95,235 cash-on-hand.
He raised $60,408 in the 4th quarter of last year and has spent $65,514 on his campaign so far. He is carrying a debt of $11,750, his filing with the Federal Election Commission shows.
Patterson entered the race to challenge Van Drew last April while Van Drew was still a member of the House Democratic Caucus.
Van Drew switched parties last month after opposing the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He now has Trump’s endorsement in the Republican primary.
Two other candidates, David Richter and Brian Fitzherbert, dropped out of the race and backed Van Drew. That leaves Patterson as his lone challenger.
Patterson is among a growing group of candidates who have switched districts in recent years. In 2016, he won 37% of the vote against Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) in the heavily-Democratic 1st district.
Van Drew reported this evening that he $1,079,974 in the bank.