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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Bramnick has largest war chest in 21st district

By Nikita Biryukov, February 01 2021 4:17 pm

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) has the largest war chest of any candidate in the 21st legislative district.

Bramnick had $51,784 banked at the start of the year, having raised $256,998 over the course of the cycle, including $52,950 in the fourth quarter of 2020.

He’s no longer running for that office and will instead mount a bid for Senate seat held by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield), who on Monday announced he would not seek another term in the legislature.

Their running mate, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) had $16,339 in her war chest on Jan. 1. She’s raised $49,170 so far this cycle. She received $9,350 in contributions last quarter.

Longtime Summit GOP leader Peter Kane, the publisher of Fitzgerald’s Legislative Manual, has $23,181 banked for a bid. Summit Republican Municipal Chairman Steve Spurr has submitted filings forming his campaign committee to the Election Law Enforcement Commission but has yet to report any fundraising.

Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello is the lone announced candidate for Senate with firefighters union president Eddie Donnelly also seeking support.

So far, seven Democrats are competing for the two Assembly seats in a district that has become politically competitive over the last several years: former Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin; Bernards Democratic Municipal Chair Elizabeth Graner; attorney Scott Salmon, who has served as counsel to Rep. Tom Malinowski’s two congressional campaigns; National Organization of Women (NOW) New Jersey president Anjali Mehrotra, the Mountainside Democratic municipal chair; former New Jersey Division of Women director Ileana Montes; and Harrison Clewell, a former intern for a Hudson County assemblyman.

Fundraising advantages mean less in state contests than in federal ones. Assembly and Senate leadership PACs will spend heavily in competitive districts like the 16th, and Democrats have a clear advantage there.

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