Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) continues to put up gargantuan fundraising numbers in her bid for a third term in New Jersey’s 11th district, raising a hefty $1,035,861 during the second quarter of 2022. She now as a pharaonic cash-on-hand of $6,111,271.
The Essex County Democrat has raised a massive $4,816,810 for her re-election campaign so far this cycle.
In the general election, she faces the upset winner of the Republican primary, former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot.
DeGroot has not yet released his second quarter fundraising numbers. He had raised $243,598 as of May 18, with $140,404 banked.
He defeated front runner Tayfun Selen, a Morris County Commissioner, in the June 7 GOP primary by 1,292 votes, 39%-35%.
Sherill was a political unknown five years ago when she launched a challenge to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) in what was viewed as a safe Republican district. A former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, Sherrill’s early fundraising prowess – she raised $1.2 million by the end of 2017 – frightened Frelinghuysen into retirement.
Redistricting made the 11th more favorable to Democrats, removing some heavy Republican areas – Sussex County is no longer in the district – and replacing it with liberal enclaves like Maplewood and Millburn, along with some politically competitive municipalities. The new district gave Joe Biden a 17-point advantage In the last presidential election.
Sherrill’s warchest was bolstered by her willingness to hold on to some of her 2020 campaign cash after Republicans chose not put resources behind their candidate, former U.S. Senate Finance Committee tax counsel Rosemary Becchi.