NJ Senate Race: Gill Ahead In Campaign Coffers Contest, Plus Endorsements Update


Earlier today we had news of endorsements in the fierce New Jersey Democratic Primary, now here’s an updated financial picture. With less than a month left to campaign, Senator Nia Gill has triple the amount of cash on hand as challenger Mark Alexander, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Reports show that Gill has $136,000 and Alexander has $41,000.

That’s almost a complete reversal in size of the campaign coffers of the two Montclair liberals. In January, Alexander had $125,000 cash on hand, while Gill had $43,000.

Baristanet asked the two campaigns to respond to the news:


Eric Hyers, campaign manager, Nia Gill for senate:

“Following big endorsements from the state’s largest association of teachers and education professionals (NJEA), EMILY’s List, The New Jersey chapter of the Organization for Women, the Essex County chapter of Democracy for America, and the Women’s Political Caucus, this recent fundraising report confirms that the momentum in this race is clearly with Senator Gill. All throughout the district when she knocks on doors, people tell her they are supporting our campaign because they want her to keep fighting for the things that matter to them. That is why she is leading the way on women’s healthcare, gun control, public education, and early voting, and so many other important issues.”

Matthew Jordan, spokesperson for the Alexander campaign:

“Since the beginning of this campaign, we have hit every canvass, voter contact and fundraising goal set, and we will continue to run an aggressive campaign right through Election Day. With lobbyists, special interest groups, and PACs funding Senator Gill’s campaign, it is no surprise that she has more cash on hand to date. Mark’s campaign isn’t funded by Trenton-insiders, but normal folks across the 34th District. With Senator Bradley recently in Montclair stumping for Mark, and Councilors Schlager, McMahon, and Hurlock joining a growing list of local elected officials across the district endorsing our campaign, there is no question who has the momentum. We are going to win this election on June 4th with the same type of grassroots organization that helped put President Obama in the White House.”

Who do you *endorse* in the election, and why (or why not)?



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