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Morris County Republican Chairman Ron DeFilippis

Morris GOP money woes continue

Republican battle high overhead costs

By David Wildstein, January 23 2019 2:23 pm

Morris County Republicans might not have a lot of money, but they are well-fed.

The party has just $16,017 in the bank, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.  Despite their continued financial troubles, a Morris GOP debit card was used to make frequent purchases of food at gas stations, bagel and donuts shops, and numerous visits to Il Villaggio, an upscale eatery down the road from their headquarters.

The county GOP raised $179,003 in 2018, but high overhead burned their cash.  They reported contributing just $6,300 to Republican candidates during the final quarter of the 2018 campaign.

The organization reported spending $6,702 on lawn signs that carried the names of their countywide candidates, and $22,638 on a mailing.

Morris Republicans reported just small contributions in Morris Plains, Chatham and Morris Township, where Democrats picked up local seats.

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