Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield)’s campaign to succeed Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) is well ahead in the money race, according to fundraising reports released today by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Bramnick reported raising $338,729 and transferred $201,982 from previous campaign accounts, giving the Republican more than $500,000 to work with. He spent $365,202, leaving him with $175,510 in cash-on-hand.
His Democratic opponent, Roselle Park Mayor Joe Signorello, raised $61,313 and transferred a further $117,799 – respectable sums, but still not within striking distance of Bramnick. After spending $76,570, Signorello has $102,542 remaining.
Both Bramnick and Signorello also have separate joint fundraising committees with their Assembly slates, a tool which Democrats appear to have used more forcefully than Republicans.
Bramnick’s joint committee with Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-Summit) and New Providence Councilwoman Michele Matsikoudis, Bramnick’s potential successor in the Assembly, raised $26,469 and spent $15,382.
Signorello’s committee with Democratic Assembly nominees Elizabeth Graner and Anjali Mehrotra, on the other hand, raised a far larger $75,113 and spent $67,607.
Among individual Assembly candidates, Matsikoudis led the field with $71,265 raised, $51,607 transferred, and $75,036 remaining on-hand. Her running mate Muñoz wasn’t too far behind, raising $58,169 and transferring another $38,003; she has $38,843 left in the bank.
Of the two Democratic nominees, Mehrotra was a much more formidable fundraiser. Mehrotra combined $29,823 in new funds with $33,970 in transferred funds, and has $28,752 on-hand. Graner, meanwhile, raised a paltry $3,303, transferred another $17,788, and has $10,641 left.
The 21st district, which voted for Joe Biden by an intimidating 18 points, has hosted competitive races in recent years, but Republicans are evidently not going to be caught napping this cycle. So far, no outside groups have intervened on behalf of Democrats; without such assistance, Signorello, Graner, and Mehrotra’s campaigns may find themselves drowned out.