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ELEC considering increase of gubernatorial spending limits

By David Wildstein, June 16 2020 11:34 am

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is recommending increasing the contribution limit for the 2021 gubernatorial election from $4,300 to $4,900, officials said today.

The commission is looking at raising the primary expenditure limit from $6.4 million to $7.3 million, and would cap the amount of public funds available from $4 million to $4.6 million.

In the general election, gubernatorial candidates would be able to receive up to $10.5 million in public funds – up from $9.3 million – and the expenditure limit would grown from $13.8 million to $15.6 million.

ELEC commissioners are expected to vote on the plan today.

Delays in the completion of the 2020 U.S. Census could cause next year’s primary election to be moved — perhaps as late as September — but that won’t effect the primary campaign limits.

“Those limits would apply,” said Jeff Brindle, the ELEC executive director.

According to Brindle, 69 candidates have received $117 million in public matching funds.

“New Jersey’s nationally renowned public financing program is intended to help persons of limited financial means seek election to the state’s highest office,” Brindle said. “Another big benefit for candidates is that it greatly reduces the time they must spend calling contributors, and enables them to spend more time reaching out to voters.”

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