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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy gets $1 million more in matching funds

Democratic governor has now received $3.9 million from public financing

By David Wildstein, July 30 2021 11:09 am

Gov. Phil Murphy qualified for another $1,036,482 in matching funds under the state’s gubernatorial public financing program, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced today.

This brings Murphy’s total matching funds to $3,929,574.  His Republican opponent, former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, has received $1,850,751.

New Jersey offers a 2-1 match on most contributions of up to $4,900, after the first $156,000 raised.

Both candidates can receive up to $10.5 million but must agree to an expenditure limit of $15.6 million.

The Democratic governor has now qualified for 30% of the total he may receive before Election Day.

Murphy and Ciattarelli qualified for the full match in the primary election.

An independent candidate must raise $490,000 to qualify for matching funds.  So far, none of the three independents have done so.

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