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State Sen. Gerald Cardinale, left, and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi in 2017. (Photo: Facebook.)

Warchest Watch: Schepisi has slight edge over Cardinale

Operating Engineers Local 825 has contributed $8,200 to Schepisi

By David Wildstein, February 01 2021 10:09 am

Now facing a fight to hold on to Republican Party support for a 13th term in the New Jersey Senate, Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) has $52,274 cash-on-hand with what could be an accelerated need to raise money in advance of a June GOP primary.

Cardinale has raised $183,234 since winning re-election in 2017 but has spent $183,571 so far this cycle.

That’s not out of the ordinary for veteran legislators, especially those in relatively comfortable legislative districts.  Incumbents typically spent money on community donations, contributions to local candidates, and on overhead legislative office costs not picked up by the state.

Among Cardinale’s contributions: he sent $300 to the re-election campaign of Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) last October.

Now Schepisi is challenging the 86-year-old senator and can use Cardinale’s $300 to beat him.

Schepisi has $74,434 in her campaign warchest, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

She has raised $100,825 so far this cycle and spent $48,008.

The biggest donor this year to the Schepisi campaign is the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, which sent an $8,200 check to the five-term GOP assemblywoman.

Cardinale and Schepisi both voted against a 2016 proposal to increase New Jersey’s gasoline tax.

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