The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission released another $4.5 million in public matching funds for this year’s gubernatorial campaigns Thursday.
The overwhelming bulk of the money, $4.1 million, went to Gov. Phil Murphy’s re-election, which has already reached the $4.6 million cap for primary matching funds but only requested the disbursed amount.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli’s campaign received $441,074 in new funds, ELEC said. That brings his total public funding to about $2.13 million.
New Jersey’s fund-matching program provides gubernatorial candidates with a two-to-one fund match up to a $4.6 million cap. That means the former Assemblyman must raise roughly $1.3 million more to cap out his fund match for the primary.
No other candidates have raised the $490,000 needed to qualify for matching funds this year.
Candidates who accept public funds are limited to $7.3 million in spending for the primary.
Both caps go up for the general election, when candidates can receive up to $10.5 million in matching funds and can spend up to $15.6 million.