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Republican congressional candidate John McCann. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Is John McCann preparing for rematch, or just paying off his debt?

Former Gottheimer opponent updates campaign website

By David Wildstein, March 08 2019 1:48 pm

It looks like John McCann is preparing to seek a rematch with Rep. Josh Gottheimer next year.

McCann has launched a newly-designed website with an updated campaign logo.

The sites says that “John McCann is a conservative Republican running for U.S. Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth District.”

McCann’s Twitter account also uses the new logo and continues to identify him as a candidate for Congress.

This could also be a revamped site to help McCann pay off his campaign debt – most of it owed to himself.

Gottheimer defeated McCann, a former Cresskill councilman, by 41,291 votes (56%-42%) in 2018.

McCann raised $937,522 for his challenge to Gottheimer, known as the Human Fundraising Machine.  He loaned $534,620 to his own campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

He still owes $35,000 to the Strategic Campaign Group, a political consulting firm, and has $1,054 cash-on-hand.

McCann has not filed any new campaign organization with the FEC.

Republicans have been searching for a self-funder to challenge Gottheimer in 2020.

One potential candidate is Tim Luing, whose family owns the for-profit Berkeley College.

McCann did not immediately respond to a 1:23 PM call and text seeking comment.

John McCann’s 2018 campaign logo, left, and a new one unveiled on his revamped campaign website


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