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State Sen. Vin Gopal. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Democratic incumbents in LD11 have more than $360,000 banked between them

By Nikita Biryukov, February 01 2021 2:55 pm

Democratic incumbents in the 11th legislative district have a little more than $360,000 banked for this year’s races.

State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) was the district’s most voluminous fundraiser, bringing in $988,697 over the course of the cycle, including $72,939 in the final quarter of 2020. He’s spent much of that money, $699,136, but still has $299,038 left in his war chest.

With $34,639 banked, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune Township) had the next-largest reserve. His fundraising for the cycle was $93,050, with $35,050 raised between October and the first of January.

Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) had $26,012 in her campaign account at the start of the year. The $67,050 she’s raised so far this cycle falls short of Houghtaling’s figures, but she received $40,750 in contributions last quarter.

There’s also $3,592.63 in the Democrats’ joint campaign account, which raised $16,600 in the three months preceding the new year.

Fundraising advantages mean less in state contests than in federal ones. Assembly and Senate leadership PACs will spend heavily in competitive districts like the 11th, and Democrats have a clear advantage there.

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