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Candidates for New Jersey General Assembly fundraise more than $100,000

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Primary elections in the New Jersey General Assembly took place on June 6, 2023. General elections for all 80 seats in the assembly will take place on Nov. 7, 2023. Democrats hold a 46-34 majority heading into the election.

This article details the three to five candidates in each party who led in fundraising by cumulative receipts and lost their primary election. Receipt is a broad term for all money that goes into a campaign account. While contributions from individuals often make up the majority of a campaign’s receipts, money can also come from other sources such as loans taken out by the campaign, dividends or interest on loans or investments made by the campaign, transfers of money from other political committees, and offsets to a campaign’s expenditures in the form of rebates or refunds.

The below information comes from candidate reports to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The Democratic candidates who led in fundraising by cumulative receipts and lost their primary were:

Frank McGehee – $38,453 – District 28 (Finished third in primary with 20% of the vote)Craig Stanley – $27,787 – District 27 (Finished fourth in primary with 6% of the vote)Eve Robinson – $5,277 – District 27 (Finished third in primary with 18% of the vote)

The Republican candidates who led in fundraising by cumulative receipts and lost their primary were:

BettyLou DeCroce – $159,571 – District 26 (Finished third in primary with 17% of the vote)Jason Sarnoski – $109,530 – District 24 (Finished fourth in primary with 21% of the vote)Denise Gonzalez – $63,890 – District 4 (Finished fourth in primary with 18% of the vote)Joshua Aikens – $56,767 – District 24 (Finished third in primary with 22% of the vote)Michael Clark – $34,884 – District 4 (Finished third in primary with 19% of the vote)

The New Jersey General Assembly is one of eight state legislative chambers holding elections in 2023. There are 99 chambers throughout the country.

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