Jack Ciattarelli has raised $309,462 for his bid for the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
A former assemblyman from Somerset County, Ciattarelli became the first candidate to enter the race to challenge Gov. Phil Murphy next year.
He announced his candidacy on January 21, and his first quarter fundraising numbers reflect the first ten weeks of his campaign.
Like all candidates, Ciattarelli’s fundraising plan was impacted by the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of at least ten events scheduled in March.
Ciattarelli’s fundraising haul includes a $25,000 personal contribution, the maximum he can give himself as a candidate who intends to seek public financing in the Republican primary. He has received contributions from residents of all 21 New Jersey counties.
He has spent $92,459 so far, with $83,459 of it subject to campaign spending caps established by the state.
It is not immediately clear whether a late 2021 primary would impact the caps. It is becoming increasingly apparent that New Jersey will need to postpone their primary – perhaps until September – now that certified U.S. Census figures needed to redraw legislative districts are facing a four-month delay.
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has not yet decided what the maximum amount of public funds a candidate can receive for the 2021 primary election, the cap on expenditures, or the maximum contribution. These numbers are typically calculated based on the state cost index report.
In 2017, candidates could receive up to $4 million in public funds with a $4,300 contribution limit.
Ciattarelli received $1,065,760 in public financing when he sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2017. The winner of the primary, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, received $2,254,295.