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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli, left, and the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photos: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

Murphy outraising Ciattarelli in governor’s race, ELEC says

Murphy has raised 64% of full match, Ciattarelli at 41%

By David Wildstein, September 13 2021 1:46 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has outraised Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli by over $808,000 so far in advance of the November 2 general election, giving Murphy over $2.425 million more in state matching funds.

By voluntarily participating in the state’s gubernatorial public financing program, Murphy and Ciattarelli have agreed to a $15.6 million cap on general election expenditures.  Murphy is 64% of his way toward a full match and Ciattarelli is 41% of the way there.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission today approved $1,299,446 in public financing for Ciattarelli and $832,970 for Murphy.  That brings Murphy up to $6,746,626 in matching funds, with Ciattarelli receiving $4,321,319 so far.

New Jersey provides $2 for ever $1 raised over a $156,000 threshold. Candidates can receive up to $10.5 million.

That means Murphy must still raise another $1,251,124 to reach a full max for public financing, while Ciattarelli must raise $2,059,560 to hit the maximum matching funds.

Murphy, who has a 16-point lead over Ciattarelli in a recent Monmouth University poll, began airing his first TV ad today.   Ciattarelli has been on TV since August 12.

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