Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill raised more than $50,000 for his re-election campaign last night, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Gill, a top advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy, is seeking re-election to his fourth term on the Board of Freeholders.
He reported raising $271,167 since his re-election three years ago and had $123,251 cash-on-hand as of January, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
First Lady Tammy Murphy attended the fundraiser at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, along with former Gov. Richard Codey, Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr., New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie, Hudson County Democratic chair Amy DeGise, and Phil Alagia, the chief of staff to the Essex County Executive.
Also among the 200 guests were Gill’s eight freeholder colleagues, Irvington mayor Tony Vauss, Bloomfield mayor Mike Venezia, and Montclair councilman Sean Spiller, the New Jersey Education Association vice president and a candidate for mayor in the upcoming May non-partisan election.
Gill was elected to the freeholder board in 2011, winning the open District 5 seat that Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley) gave up following his election to the New Jersey State Assembly. He defeated Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers by 4,603 votes, a 62%-38% margin.
He moved to an at-large seat in 2014 and was re-elected in 2017.
In 2017, Gill managed Murphy’s campaign for governor in the primary and general elections.