School board candidates and others spent only $597,664 on school board elections statewide in 2012, a third of what was spent in 2011 and the lowest amount since 2001, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This was the first year that elections were held in both April and November, and these sums account for the total year.
The most money was spent in Newark, with $67,368; followed by $51,792 in New Brunswick; $42,301 in Toms River; $37,048 in Carteret; and $36,790 in Garfield.
The New Jersey Education Association, which was responsible for 51 percent of spending -- or $767,712 -- in 2011, spent just $24,605 this year, which came to only 4 percent of total spending on the election. All of the NJEA's money was spent during the April elections.