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North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, center, with his slate of candidates. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Sacco leads Wainstein in fundraising

Challenger loaned his campaign more than $170,000

By Nikita Biryukov, April 26 2019 12:11 pm

North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco raised a little more than $250,000 for his fight against an electoral challenge by longtime rival Larry Wainstein about a month ahead of election day, according to filings with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Sacco’s raised $250,890.64 on his own, with all the funds coming from North Bergen’s Democratic Municipal Committee.

The Sacco Team joint fundraising committee reported bringing in another $129,175.49, though almost all of the joint committee’s fundraising and spending, $110,975.49, came in the form of in-kind contributions from Sacco’s campaign and the NBDC.

The committee raised $18,200 from monetary contributions.

The mayor’s campaign reported spending $221,653.34 over the period, and the fundraising committee reported spending another $111,002.49, though the latter figure is again made up almost exclusively of in-kind contributions.

Wainstein’s slate brought in $174,807.76 over the period. Of that money, $173,107.76 came from loans Wainstein and his businesses made to the campaign. United Laundromat, which Wainstein owns, loaned the candidate $160,000.

The challenger reported spending $141,228.45 over the period.

Sacco ended the period with $36,452.10 in his war chest, while joint committee had $18,173 on hand.

Wainstein reported having $36,311.79 banked at the end of the period.

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