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Matt Mowers, right, and former Gov. Chris Christie in New Hampshire. (Photo: Matt Mowers).

New Jersey man is top fundraiser in New Hampshire GOP congressional race

East Brunswick’s Matt Mowers has raised nearly $1.6 million for rematch with Democratic congressman.

By David Wildstein, July 18 2022 10:45 am

New Jerseyan Matt Mowers has raised the most money in a field of eight Republicans looking to take on two-term Rep. Christopher Pappas in New Hampshire’s first district.

Mowers has raised $1,566,431, including $384,782 during the second quarter, and has $824,482 cash-on-hand in advance of the September 13 primary election.

He’s raised $163,280 in New Jersey, and his recent fundraising includes contributions from State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), Monmouth County GOP Chairman Shaun Golden, lobbyists Roger Bodman and Dale Florio, GOP fundraiser Gail Gordon, and Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon.

Former White House staffer Karoline Leavitt had a $1,266,012 fundraising haul and has $666,700 in the bank.  Hail Huff Brown, a former TV news anchor and the wife of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, has brought in $1,047,268 and has $613,122 in her warchest.  State Rep. Tim Baxter has raised $805,229 and has $456,295 cash-in-hand.

A relatively late entrant in the race to unseat Pappas, former State Sen. Russell Prescott, has raised $373,475 and has banked $353,009.

Three other candidates – Julian Acciard, Gilead Towne and Mark Kilbane – have not raised any significant campaign funds.

Pappas has raised $2,794,376 and has $2,216,129 in his warchest.

Mowers, 33, grew up in East Brunswick and worked for Gov. Chris Christie before being dispatched to New Hampshire after the 2013 gubernatorial campaign to begin laying the groundwork for Christie’s campaign for the presidency in 2016.

After Christie lost the New Hampshire primary, Mowers moved back to New Jersey and was elected delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention pledged to Donald Trump.

After working on Trump’s campaign and working as the White House senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Mowers returned to New Hampshire to run for Congress.  He lost to Pappas by 20,447 votes, 51%-46%.

New Jersey has exported Republicans to New Hampshire before.

James Cleveland, born in Montclair, represented New Hampshire in Congress from 1953 to 1981.  Trenton-born Robert C. Smith, who grew up in Rahway, held the 1st district seat from 1985 to 1990, and served in the U.S. Senator from 1990 to 2002.    Former Assemblyman Rik Merkt (R-Mendham) retired to New Hampshire and serves as a Republican state committeeman there.

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