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State Sen. Michael Testa. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Republicans crushing Democrats in 1st legislative district fundraising

Testa alone has more than $200,000 in cash-on-hand

By Joey Fox, October 12 2021 12:28 pm

Democrats held the 1st legislative district as recently as 2019, but fundraising reports released today by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) show that the party does not seem to be mounting a strong effort to take back the district this year.

Republican State Sen. Michael Testa (R-Vineland), who defeated Democratic State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) two years ago, reported raising $129,556 and transferring $202,661 from previous campaign accounts. After spending $102,490, the incumbent has $229,727 in cash-on-hand.

His totals stand in stark contrast to those of his Democratic opponent, Yolanda Garcia-Balicki, who raised only $16,300 and has $9,603 left in the bank. Garcia-Balicki’s joint account with the two Democratic Assembly nominees, John Capizola and Julia Hankerson, raised a further $6,502 and has $233 remaining.

Capizola and Hankerson also each have their own separate fundraising accounts, where they reported raising $10,350 and $2,400, respectively.

That’s a far cry from the joint fundraising account run by Assemblymen Antwan McClellan (R-Ocean City) and Erik Simonsen (R-Lower). The pair raised $55,811 on top of the $86,590 they transferred from previous campaigns, and have $109,669 left to spend. 

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