Challengers from both parties are off to a slow start raising money for State Assembly races in Bergen County.
A joint campaign committee for Westwood Mayor John Birkner and Emerson Council President Gerald Falotico has raised just $1,680 in their bids to unseat Republican incumbents Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) and Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) in the 39th district.
The Democrats have spent $223 so far and have $1,457 in the bank, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Schepisi has raised $118,438 and spent $51,985. She has $66,451 cash-on-hand.
Auth reported raising $41,706, spending $21,136, and has $20,146 in his account.
The Republican candidates in the 38th district are faring no better as they look to unseat incumbents Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn) and Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield).
Paramus Councilman Christopher DiPiazza reported raising just $450. He spent $31 to buy checks so he can someday spend the $419 he has in his warchest. DiPiazza has not yet filed his 11-day pre-primary report.
His running mate, Rochelle Park Mayor Michael Kazimir, has not filed anything with ELEC.
Swain and Tully are not lighting the world on fire either.
Swain reports $24,580 cash-on-hand with no spending. Tully has just $20,498 in the bank and hasn’t spent anything as well.
Both races are uphill battles for the challengers.
Republicans haven’t lost in the 39th since Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) knocked off an incumbent Democratic assemblyman in 1979.
Democrats have won every legislative race in the 38th since 2003, when Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck (R-Hasbrouck Heights) gave up her seat to run unsuccessfully for the Senate.