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Senator Edward Durr at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Durr outraises Sawyer, though both remain slow fundraisers

Burzichelli miles ahead of De Santis, who has negative money in his account

By Joey Fox, May 16 2023 11:24 am

State Sen. Ed Durr (R-Logan) has outraised Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer (R-Woolwich) in their GOP primary contest, but neither has a huge amount of money on-hand with less than a month to go.

As of 29-day pre-primary reports released earlier today, Durr has $48,594 spread across an individual campaign account and a joint fundraising committee – a decent sum, but less than most incumbent legislators in competitive districts. Sawyer, meanwhile, has just $12,198 on-hand.

Their running mates also have relatively little money to spend, though again Team Durr clearly came out on top. Assemblywoman Bethanne McCarthy Patrick (R-Mannington) and Hopewell Township Committeeman Tom Tedesco, who are running on a ticket with Durr, have $8,140 and $10,288, respectively; Sawyer’s lone running mate, Joe Collins, has just $119 total.

Democrats in the 3rd district also have a contested primary, though fundraising reports point to a clear favorite.

Former Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro), who is the choice of the South Jersey Democratic organization to flip back the district he lost in 2021, has $59,428 combined in his individual account and his joint fundraising committee. (His two running mates both have negligible amounts in their individual accounts.)

Burzichelli’s primary opponent, Mario De Santis, is dramatically behind; his campaign account is $1,628 in debt after raising just $1,757 total. De Santis’ joint fundraising committee isn’t in much better shape, with $981 on-hand.

This story was updated at 5:02 p.m. with numbers from De Santis’ joint fundraising committee.

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