WHO’S UP AND WHO’S DOWN: Week of the Second and Final Guv Debate

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, right, with his colleague U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5)


Super PACs

At war in LD3, the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) and other PACS appear on pace to shatter state legislative race spending records.

Don Guardian

The incumbent Republican Mayor of Atlantic City scored the endorsements of the off-the-line Democrats who lost the June primary, including – significantly – the endorsement of Councilman Marty Small.

Josh Gottheimer

The battleground incumbent congressman’s got more money in his campaign warchest ($2 million) than any other incumbent U.S. Representative in New Jersey, followed by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell ($1.5 million) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone ($1.2 million).

Lisa Mandelblatt

In simply a straight-up size-up of cash on hand in the extremely competitive six-way Democratic Primary to take on U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) in 2018, “Mandy” registered the most with $235,050. Never a prolific fundraiser, Lance has $462,848 cash on hand.

Tamara Harris

It’s not that she has more money than Mikie Sherrill ($448,291 to Sherrill’s superior $495,568 COH total), but that she’s even close. That’s a win for Harris, who almost doubled what Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett (see below) reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). For the record, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) reported $970,725.


The Big Six Committees

According to a report issued this week by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), the so-called Big Six committees operational statewide haven’t raised the levels of cash put out by the PACs in LD3 alone.

Stephen Parrey 

An assistant Mercer County prosecutor and son of Trenton’s police director, Parrey was relieved without pay from his job Monday following his drunken driving arrest this past weekend.

Steven Fulop

The campaign of the incumbent Jersey City mayor scarfed a $1,000 donation from the managing partner of an energy company “at the center of allegations that city officials tried to steer a contract the company’s way in 2014.” For more, go to this Terrence McDonald story.

Jose “Joey” Torres

Last month Torres was mayor of the third biggest city in New Jersey. Now he’s got a gig at the Brownstone. The Paterson Press saw the convicted mayor outside the banquet hall at the Paterson hotspot.

Frank Gilliam

Having vanquished Councilman Marty Small in the Democratic Primary, now the at-large councilman must go into Nov 7th not only against Republican Guardian – but against Small, who this week endorsed Guardian over his same-party nemesis.

Jason Sarnoski

Still in the feel-our stages of a CD5 run, the Warren County GOP freeholder is getting pounded early in the Republican Primary race, showing $38,792 cash on hand compared to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan’s $563,515. The man they both want to remove, incumbent U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) reported $2,001,685 COH, according to the FEC.

John Bartlett

Already having been outdueled by Sherrill for the endorsement of Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, the Passaic County Freeholder came in with a less than robust $247,135, compared to the hauls demonstrated by Sherrill and Harris.

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