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Jack Ciattarelli. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

Ciattarelli hits the maximum in public financing for primary

By David Wildstein, June 09 2021 1:23 pm

History will reflect that Jack Ciattarelli, the winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor, raised enough money to hit the maximum amount from the state’s gubernatorial public financing program.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission today approved an additional $57,144 for Ciattarelli’s primary campaign.

That bring Ciattarelli up to the maximum allowed by the state: $4.6 million.

His next step is to begin raising money for the general election.  He needs to raise $3.5 million to qualify for the maximum $10.5 million in matching funds.

The cap on general election spending is $15.6 million.

Ciattarelli and Gov. Phil Murphy were the only candidates to qualify for public funds.  Murphy has raised enough to qualify for the full match.

By taking public funds, gubernatorial candidates are capped at spending $7.3 million in the primary.

Phil Rizzo, a Hudson County pastor who finished second in the GOP primary, appeared to have raised enough to qualify, but a state appellate court ruled that he missed the deadline to file.

Hirsh Singh was self-financing and did not apply for matching funds.

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