WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Cory Booker debated his Democrat rivals on CNN Tuesday evening, Spartacus’s potential 2020 GOP U.S. Senate rivals back in New Jersey rolled out their fundraising numbers.
Leading the pack was whistle-blower attorney Stuart Meissner who Save Jersey learned has hauled in $257,425 despite launching his campaign close to the end of quarter three.
“Our campaign launched only one week before the filing deadline and our strong financial showing demonstrates that there is a real desire to retire Cory Booker from office,” said Meissner. “I am proud that my own success has allowed me to contribute to our collective effort to send a representative to Washington who is ready to work for the people of New Jersey – and not just run for the next best thing. Despite Cory Booker’s massive contributions from special interests, we are confident that we will have the resources to win.”
Meissner’s GOP primary rival Hirsh Singh, a perennial candidate from Atlantic County, raised $177,000 in quarter three but reportedly has a little over $30,000 cash on hand.
Two other candidates (Tricia Flanagan and Natalie Lynn Rivera) have yet to release their Q3 numbers.
The junior N.J. senator will be on the state-wide ballot at least once next fall no matter what. Trenton Democrats passed a law – signed by Governor Murphy – to let Booker seek reelection to the U.S. Senate next year even if he’s on the national Democrat ticket; he would need to decline the Senate seat (triggering a vacancy to be filled by Murphy) were he elected president or vice president.