Republican Rosemary Becchi has terminated out her 2020 campaign committee, ending speculation that she would seek a rematch with Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district this year – and apparently sticking a vendor with an unpaid bill.
Becchi’s termination notice filed with the Federal Election Commission lists an unpaid debt to her campaign fundraiser, Jamie Montgomery. Montgomery told the FEC in 2020 that her invoice remained unpaid despite multiple attempts to collect on the debt.
“Any allegation Rosemary Becchi’s campaign didn’t pay its vendors is patently false and Ms. Montgomery’s claims of non-payment were unanimously dismissed 6-0 by the Federal Election Commission last August,” said Audrey Lane, a spokesperson for Becchi.
A lobbyist and former U.S. Senate Finance Committee tax counsel, Becchi spent $1.4 million on her bid to unseat Sherrill in 2020. She lost by 29,150 votes, 53.3% to 46.7%.
Seven Republicans are seeking the chance to challenge Sherrill in the newly-drawn 11th: Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen; Morris County Republican State Committeeman Larry Casha; former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot; former Ridgefield Park Councilman Robert Kovic; attorney Larry Friscia; screenwriter Hillery Brotschol; and Rev. Phil Rizzo, a 2021 gubernatorial candidate.
This story was updated on January 14.