The money raised this year by county organizations for the November elections is $3.6 million, 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.