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State Sen. Joe Cryan. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Cryan team has huge cash advantage in district 20

By Nikita Biryukov, June 07 2021 12:51 pm

County-backed Democrats in the 20th district have a massive cash advantage headed into the final days of a contested primary, filings submitted with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show.

State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union) reported raising $62,932 between May 8 and May 25. That added to his already voluminous war chest, leaving him with $189,062 in cash reserves.

Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle), who is mounting an off-the-line challenge against Cryan, raised a respectable but comparatively meager $32,055. He had $20,342 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Cryan’s running mates have the cash advantage too. Assemblywoman Annette Quijano reported raising $48,387 in her 11-day pre-primary report, and she had $197,058 banked, even more than Cryan did.

Reginald Atkins, the other county-backed Assembly candidate, fared less well. He reported raising just $550 and had $22,298 left in reserves. A joint committee for Cryan’s team raised no money during the reporting period, though it still had $44,963 left in its war chest.

Holley running mate Christian Veliz raised $7,060 but spent much of that money. He entered the final weeks of the race with just $1,722 in reserves. Diane Murray-Clements, the other member of Holley’s team, did not submit campaign finance filings to ELEC.

The assemblyman’s joint committee also posted poor numbers, raising just $175. It had only $708.16 in reserves.

A slate of progressive candidates led by Jason Krychiw withdrew from the race after the New Jersey Globe reported Krychiw lied about his position as a university instructor. He and his Assembly running mates remain on the ballot, having pulled out after ballot designs were finalized.

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