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Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) and Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains). (Photo: BettyLou DeCroce.)

Webber leads in 26th district fundraising, followed by DeCroce

Barranco report

By David Wildstein, May 18 2021 12:10 pm

In the closely-watched Republican State Assembly primary in the 26th district, seven-term incumbent Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) leads the four-candidate field in fundraising with $169,194 and has $121,317 cash-on-hand.

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), who is battling for re-election after narrowly losing the Morris County Republican organization line, has raised $157,912 and has $58,239 remaining in her campaign account.

Christian Barranco, who defeated DeCroce at the Morris GOP convention by 9 votes, appears to be late in filing his 29-day pre-election report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.  He had reported raising just $8,300 as of March.

Barranco told the New Jersey Globe that his treasurer has finished his report for submittal to ELEC and that he was delivering it to Trenton.  He says he’s raised $34,025 and has $4,509 cash-on-hand.

Tom Mastrangelo, a Morris County Commissioner who was a late entrant into the Assembly race, reported raising $35,047 and has $3,461 in the bank.

Webber received $8,2000 from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102, the union where Barranco is a member.  Webber and Barranco are running together on the line in Morris, where 78% of Republican primary voters live, and off the line in Essex and Passaic.

He also took in $1,000 from Marc Dunec, a former Democratic congressional candidate from Livingston, and $500 from A.J. Sabbath, who served as state labor commissioner under Gov. Richard Codey.  Dunec had endorsed Webber in his 2018 congressional race against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).  Former Assemblyman C. Richard Kamin (R-Flanders) sent Webber $250 and the Morris County Republican Committee kicked in $1,000.

DeCroce reported a $2,600 personal donation from former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) and an additional $2,000 from Frelinghuysen’s old congressional campaign committee account.   The New Jersey State Laborers’ PAC, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Greater NJ Carpenters PAC and the Heavy and General Construction Laborers’ PAC each sent her $8,200.  She received $7,000 from the International Longshoremen’s Association, $1,000 from the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council, and $2,300 from the New jersey Apartment Association.

She also received contributions from Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon and County Commissioner Tayfun Selen.

Mastrangelo’s donors include former Somerset County GOP Chairman Al Gaburo and the Pipefitters Union Local 274.   He has also not filed his personal financial disclosure, records show.

DeCroce is running alone on the organization lines in Essex and Passaic counties.

Fundraising numbers reflect what was field by candidates with the Election Law Enforcement Commission and do not include super PAC, political party or other independent expenditures.

This story was updated at 1:28 PM with unofficial Barranco fundraising numbers. 


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