Last year was a big one in New Jersey politics, as evidenced by the amount of money raised by municipal political parties. Municipal party committees benefitted from the election largess, raising a total of $3,993,673, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). Democrats overwhelmingly raised more than Republicans, $3.36 million compared to $633,475.
The municipal party committee that was the state’s largest fundraiser was the North Bergen Democratic Municipal Committee, which raised $668,830, mostly through hundreds of $250 donations. The largest donation was $25,000 from Frank Schillari, who is currently running for Sheriff of Hudson County. The next-largest municipal party recipients were Union City First ($365,912), the Edison Democratic Organization ($174,098), the West New York Democratic County Committee ($167,355) and the Hamilton Township Republican Committee ($126,890).
The largest donors to municipal party committees were the Democratic Governors Association ($224,200), Laborers Union ($128,950), Republican National Committee ($103,264), the AFSCME Union ($58,400) and the Union County Democratic Committee ($57,450)