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Democratic county parties maintain huge cash advantage over Republicans

Parties raised similar amounts in Q1, but Dems have 5x bigger warchest

By Joey Fox, May 04 2022 11:40 am

New Jersey’s 21 Democratic county parties collectively have $3,269,736 in cash on-hand after the first quarter, according to a new report released today by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), while their Republican counterparts have only $602,852. The combined $3.9 million across both parties is the largest first quarter total since at least 2012.

Republican parties were not as far behind in fundraising for the quarter, raising $550,559 to the Democrats’ $796,084. But Democrats had such large warchest to begin with that their parties could spend more than $1 million during the quarter and still go into the 2022 midterms with a huge advantage.

ELEC executive director Jeff Brindle noted that much of the Democratic advantage can be attributed to the $4.8 million in out-of-state money Democratic county parties received in 2021; Republican parties got just $178,028.

“The infusion of out-of-state funds armed Democratic county party committees with more firepower going into a key election year, when Republicans will be trying to pare down the ten-to-two Democratic advantage within the state’s congressional delegation,” Brindle said in a statement.

The flushest county party in the state is the Passaic County Democratic Party, led by former state Democratic chairman John Currie, which has $571,802 on-hand – almost as much as every Republican county party combined. The Union and Mercer County Democratic Parties are also extremely well-funded, with $462,291 and $422,259, respectively. (Mercer Democrats raised a grand total of $5 during the quarter, so their money is entirely held over from previous years.)

The best-funded Republican county party, and the only one to break six digits, is the Cape May Republican Party, which had $111,171 on-hand. In second and third place, each with around $88,000, are the Monmouth and Sussex County parties.

Two parties in adverse areas, the Warren County Democratic Party and the Hudson County Republican Party, said they do not expect to spend more than $7,200 and thus did not even file a fundraising report. Another party, the once-dominant Somerset County Republicans, did not submit a report for unknown reasons.

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