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Prijten raised $3,000 to oust Sherrill before dropping out

66% of Prijten warchest went to fundraising consultant

By David Wildstein, July 16 2019 12:32 am

Republican Reinier Prijten, who had announced a bid to challenge Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district and then backed out just before he was set to move from Los Angeles to Morristown to run, raised just $3,010 during his brief time as a candidate for Congress.

Prijten has just $297 remaining in his campaign account.

One of Prijten’s campaign contributors was Matt Rhoades, who managed Mitt Romney’s campaign for the presidency in 2016.  He gave $250.  Prijten put $600 of his own money into the race.

He reported spending $2,000 for Maine-based SCR & Associates, a fundraising firm headed by veteran GOP fundraiser Steve Roche.

Prijten has had problems launching his campaign since announcing his candidacy last month and had generated little enthusiasm among Republican leaders for his fledgling campaign.

He acknowledged a few days after entering the race that Prijten has never lived in New Jersey.  A spokesman said that he was living in California and was planning to move to Morristown in May.   Before moving to the West Coast, Prijten had lived in New York City and Westchester, records show.

Prijten faced some criticism for a racially-charged blog post in 2010 that suggested the United States’ Visa Waiver Program made the country vulnerable to terrorism because it could also be used by citizens of some European countries who also hold a passport from a majority-Muslim nation.  He also missed voting in five of nine general elections since his naturalization in 2009.

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