ELEC: To Date, Ciattarelli has Qualified for $4.5 Million in Public Funds

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has approved $143,293 in public
matching funds for the 2021 gubernatorial primary campaign of one candidate.

The recipient is Jack Ciattarelli, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the June 8 primary
election. To date, Ciattarelli has qualified for almost $4.5 million in public funds.

Under the Gubernatorial Public Financing program, which began in 1974, candidates who raise
$490,000 or more can qualify for public matching funds. Primary candidates are eligible for up to $4.6 million in public funds. In exchange, other than a few exceptions, they must limit their total primary spending to $7.3 million.


Carstarphen to Stand with Menendez, Fudge Less than a Week Before Election Day

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1) on Wednesday afternoon will welcome U.S. Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge to the City of Camden to announce a major federal investment to redevelop severely distressed housing, revitalize the community, and spur economic development and job growth.


U.S. Senator Bob Menendez

U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (N.J.-01)

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge

Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen

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BurlCo GOP Move HQ to Medford

After 50 years on High St., Mount Holly Burlington County Republicans no longer have a headquarters there. Moved to Medford today. Pinelands Plaza on Stokes Road (next to Papa John’s).
Moving out of the county seat highlights the party’s fall from power, a source cackled.
223 High street (pictured) was their HQ since 1971 when High Street Realty, an LLC controlled by GOP bosses, purchased the building from Albert Jones a former GOP Freeholder. Jones at one time lived in the building, which also housed his engineering firm. In addition to the County GOP headquarters and various law offices, the building was once the 8th District Legislative office to many lawmakers, including then-state Senator Jim Saxon. When the building was purchased out from under the GOP in 2019 by operative Jason Carty, the Republicans moved next door to a former law office. Today marks the end of 50 years on High Street for the BurlCo GOP.
Veteran defense attorney Joe Hayden says that given the limitations Special Counsel Robert Mueller put on his testimony and the logistical challenges of the questioning, the House Judiciary Committee hearings accomplished as much as was realistically possible to inform the public and confirm the high points of the Mueller Report.

Hayden: Sellinger a First Rate Litigator

“I have practiced in the federal courts for 50 years and I am a past president of the federal bar association and a recipient of the Brendan award, which is the highest award of the federal court. The thing to remember about Mr. Sellinger is he is a great lawyer and he’s known amongst the bar as a lawyers lawyer. He was a rigorous but professional United States attorney, and now he is a first rate civil litigator who litigates complex cases throughout the federal courts. He also has great managerial skills and he has expanded and managed his law firms New Jersey practice.”


Sellinger Now Leading Contender for U.S. Attorney Post

New Jersey Attorney Phil Sellinger now occupies the pole position for the job of U.S. Attorney now that Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez is no longer under consideration by the Biden Administration, according to sources close to the process.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and New Jersey federal clerk, Philip has more than 30 years of trial experience and has led litigation teams in a wide variety of class actions and other complex cases in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, including the New Jersey Supreme Court, around the country. He has served as Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the New Jersey federal judiciary and as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Committee. He served as the founding chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Class Action Committee. He has represented the American Corporate Counsel Association and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association in litigation challenging the right of in-house counsel to appear in court.

Casino Glow: Atlantic City after dark.

Hurley: Swift has Raised More than $75K

LD2 Republican Claire Swift is poised to post the strongest 29-day pre-primary filing for a non-incumbent in New Jersey LD2 history, according to Harry Hurley.

In only two months, Swift has raised more than $75,000 from over 180 individual donors.

From the internal memo from LD2:

Claire Swift’s early fundraising numbers have outpaced every non-incumbent who has ever sought this seat. In the first public showing of candidate viability, she will post the strongest 29-day pre-primary filing for a non-incumbent in LD2 history.

In just two months, she has raised more than $75,000 from over 180 individual donors.

Swift has already raised more funds than the 2019 Republican runner-up (who lost by 958 votes) raised individually in one year.

Swift’s grassroots support is evident with donors contributing everything from $5 to a maximum investment in the campaign at $2,600. Republicans are heavily motivated to elect a strong, independent voice to fight for the hardworking families of Atlantic County and they have nominated Claire Swift to be that champion.



More Matching Funds for Ciattarelli

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has approved $212,256 in public
matching funds for the 2021 gubernatorial primary campaign of one candidate.

The recipient is Jack Ciattarelli, who is seeking the Republican nomination this June. To date, Ciattarelli
has qualified for nearly $3.6 million in public funds.

The New Jersey Statehouse and Capitol Building In Trenton

In Memoriam: Ellen Candura

Ellen M. Candura, wife of MCDC Chair Emeritus Lew Candura, passed peacefully this week. Viewing will be Wednesday May 5th, 2pm-6pm at the Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 Route NJ 10 -West, Randolph, NJ 07869. A mass will be held on Thursday morning in Budd Lake.

Mass Information:

Mass at St Judes

Thursday May 6th


17 E Mt Olive Road

Budd Lake, NJ

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellen’s name are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association

Memorial Donation Form | ADA (

On behalf of the Morris County Democratic Committee, our thoughts are with Lew and the entire Candura Family and all of their friends.  Ellen was a great woman and will be missed by all those who knew her. We wish her family peace and comfort.

Ellen Candura: 1951 – 2021

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