The Democratic county political organizations raised $5,281,716 in 2019 and has a combined $2,018,930 cash-on-hand, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Committee.
These numbers can also be misleading, since several county party organizations have additional political action committees or use of major municipal party committees that are not included in these totals.
The county GOP organizations brought in $2,909,604 last year and the total banked by all 21 counties is $485,959.
Spending in 2019 was slightly below comparable 2015 levels.
In Somerset County, where Democrats flipped control for the first time since 1965, Democrats spent $309,898 to win a sheriff and freeholder post. Republicans spent $476,463.
Burlington Democrats, who took control last year, were outspent by Republicans, $505,461 to $358,207.
Salem County Republicans spent $243,711 to hold on to the county clerk post and control of the freeholder board. Democrats spent $34,368.
Cape May and Cumberland Republicans outspent their Democratic counterparts in 2019. In the 1st district, they were able to flip a Senate seat and two Assembly seats. Cape May Republicans held on to their two freeholder seats. Democrats maintained control of county government in Cumberland, but the GOP was able to hold their lone freeholder seat.
Bergen County Democrats raised the most money of any county organization in the state: $738,530. Burlington Republicans raised the most on the red side ($432,332), but that was still less than Democrats in Middlesex ($716,734), Camden ($440,682), Gloucester ($436,154), and Passaic ($445,802).
“Certainly, county parties spend more when more candidates are on the ballot. For instance, $14.1 million was spent during the 2017 election, when there were races for governor, the state Senate and the state Assembly,” said ELEC executive director Jeff Brindle “Despite these election-related fluctuations, the long-term trend is down. This decline may be reversed only with legislative changes, including bipartisan recommendations by ELEC.”ELEC county 2019 spending