Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) raised a robust $969,527 in the third quarter of 2022 and had a titanic $3,372,655 in the bank as of September 30 and had a 12-1 cash advantage going into the final five weeks of the mid-term elections.
Her Republican opponent, former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, reported raising $171,544 in Q3, including a $25,000 personal loan. His cash-on-hand was at $278,996 at the end of the reporting period two weeks ago.
Sherrill has raised $5,786,337 so far this cycle and has spent $2,413,682 in her bid for re-election to a third term in New Jersey’s 11th district.
DeGroot has raised $636,323, including $431,421 in personal loans to his campaign. He spent over $180,000 to score a mostly off-the-line victory in the June Republican primary against Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, who had organization support in Morris and Essex counties. DeGroot beat Selen by 1,292 votes, 39%-35%.
Sherill was new to the political scene six 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 – scared 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 and DeGroot will face off in a debate sponsored by the New Jersey Globe on Sunday, October 23 at 3 PM.