The money raised this year by county organizations for the November elections is, which is 35 percent higher than in 2013, the last time the governor and the entire Legislature were up for re-election. Despite the rise, the sum is still 55 percent lower than the record of $7.9 million set in 2003.
Jeff Brindle, executive director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), said a key reason for the jump this year is a one-time influx of funds from the Democratic Governors Association aimed at giving Democratic county organizations a boost in a gubernatorial year. The DGA has pumped $415,000 into 14 county parties this year; ten of its donations were the maximum $37,000 that counties can accept in a year. The Republican Governors Association has not donated so far this year.
The county party with the most cash on hand is Passaic (D), with $523,947. Bergen, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, and Union counties also had cash on hand of more than $100,000.