The Human Fundraising Machine is helping Joe Biden.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer raised more than $100,000 last night at a virtual fundraiser with Steve Ricchetti, Biden’s campaign chairman and a longtime confidante of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Ricchetti served as Bill Clinton’s deputy White House Chief of Staff during the same time Gottheimer was a White House speechwriter. He’s a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and served as Biden’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2016.
Gottheimer reported more than $8.8 million ash-on-hand in his 2nd quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission and more than $5.7 million during the current cycle. He’s raised in excess of $17.24 million since becoming a candidate for Congress in 2015.
That number doesn’t include more than $2 million raised for other Democratic candidates.
Gottheimer unseated seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016 by four percentage points and was re-elected by sixteen points in 2018.
Donald Trump carried New Jersey’s 5th district by one percentage point in 2016– a 4,089-vote plurality.
The district now has 16,765 more Democrats than Republicans. That’s a shift from a GOP registration advantage of 2,370 on Election Day 2016.