Democrats are outspending Republicans by a wide margin in New Jersey’s 8th legislative district, where party-switching State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) enjoys a 12-1 cash advantage over Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) heading into the final weeks of the 2021 campaign.
Addiego has raised $650,329 and spent $236,747, leaving her with $413,582 in her campaign warchest. Stanfield has $33,687 cash-on-hand after raising $157,525 and spending $123,838.
Tracking campaign donations and spending in legislative races is hugely confusing, since many dollars are double counted. Money gets transferred from individual accounts to join campaign funds with running mates and includes contributions from legislative leadership PACS.
Addiego’s joint account with Assembly candidates Mark Natale and Allison Eckel, which has paid for negative TV ads trashing Stanfield, reported raising $839,541 and spending $749,121, with $116,071 remaining in the bank.
Reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show Addiego transferring $77,810 to the joint account. Eckel transferred $101,100 and Natale sent $120,100 there. Also in the joint account totals are contributions of $211,500 from the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee and $100,000 from the Senate Democratic Majority.
The join account also reported $24,600 from the International Longshoremen, Operating Engineers Local 825, and from Senate President Steve Sweeney’s personal campaign account. An additional $21,600 came from the Union County Democratic Committee.
Operating Engineers Local 825 also contributed $8,200 to Stanfied.
Addiego received $8,200 each from five Democratic senators: Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Jim Beach (D-Voorhees), Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden), Troy Singleton (D-Delran), Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) and Bob Smith (D-Piscataway).
The bulk of Addiego’s money comes from labor unions and political action committees representing trade associations.
Stanfield, a former six-term Burlington County Sherriff who won an Assembly seat in 2019, reported contributions from three Republican senators seeking the minority leader post: $5,200 from Steve Oroho (R-Franklin), $6,200 from Bob Singer (R-Lakewood), and $3,000 from Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville).
She also received $5,000 from RunWomenServe, a political action committee founded by Diane Allen, a former state senator and the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor.
The New Jersey Republican State Committee reported in-kind contributions of $21,322. The Republican State Leadership Committee reported an additional $50,00 as an independent expenditure in the 8th district.
In the race for two open Republican Assembly seats – Stanfield and Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) are not seeking re-election — Stanfield’s running mates have struggled to raise money.
Hammonton Councilman Michael Torrissi, a trucking company owner, has raised $144,304 and has $41,554 cash-on-hand. His running mate, Brandon Umba, raised just $77,902 and has a paltry $2,475 in the bank.