- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Campaign finance filings show that incumbent members of the House of Representatives from New Jersey have huge fundraising advantages over their challengers, according to filings made public in recent days by the Federal Election Commission.

Here’s a look at campaign funding in each of New Jersey’s 12 congressional districts. Except where noted, the figures are as of Sept. 30. The bulk of campaign spending on TV and radio commercials and direct mail typically happens between Oct. 1 and Election Day, which is Nov. 4.

1st DISTRICT

As of Thursday afternoon, no new filings from Democrat Donald Norcross had been posted on the FEC website in the race for an open seat in a suburban Philadelphia district that is normally a Democratic stronghold.

But as of June 30, he had raised $922,000.

Through September, Republican Garry Cobb had raised $96,000, spent $85,000 and had $11,000 on hand.

The race has also attracted some independent spending from the House Majority Political Action Committee, which has spent $188,000 this month sending mailings promoting Norcross. The group cannot legally coordinate with his campaign.

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2nd DISTRICT

Incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo has outraised and outspent Democrat William Hughes Jr. LoBiondo had $1.9 million in contributions this election cycle, including $1.2 million from political action committees. He had spent $1 million and had $1.5 million on hand. Outside groups have spent $108,000 on LoBiondo’s behalf in a district along the shore and Delaware Bay.

Hughes had raised $592,000 and spent most of it. He had $134,000 on hand.

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3rd DISTRICT

This open seat that is coveted by both parties has the most even spending when outside money is factored in.

Democrat Aimee Belgard had raised $1.4 million, spent $800,000 and had $604,000 on hand. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC have spent $1.3 million all bashing her opponent, Republican Tom MacArthur.

MacArthur had $263,000 in contributions but had put $4 million of his own money into his effort. His campaign has spent $3.9 million and had $561,000 on hand. He has benefited so far from $7,000 in independent spending.

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4th DISTRICT

Republican incumbent Chris Smith had raised $345,000 and had spent $199,000 on campaign operations and had $319,000 on hand.

Democratic challenger Ruben Scolavino had raised $4,400 and spent most of it.

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5th DISTRICT

Republican incumbent Scott Garrett had brought in $1.7 million in contributions and spent about half that amount on campaign operations. He had $3 million on hand.

Democrat Roy Cho had $901,000 in contributions, spent $631,000 on campaign operations and had $303,000 in the bank.

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6th DISTRICT

Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone had $2.3 million in receipts during the election cycle, a number inflated because he raised money last year for a U.S. Senate campaign, transferred House campaign money to that fund and transferred what was left over back to his House campaign coffers. He had spent $854,000 on his race and had $754,000 on hand.

His challenger, Republican Anthony Wilkinson, had $77,000 in contributions plus $14,000 of his own money. He had $4,000 on hand.

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7th DISTRICT

Republican incumbent Leonard Lance had raised $960,000, spent $610,000 and had $399,000 on hand.

Democrat Janice Kovach had $59,000 in contributions and $45,000 in her own money. She spent $95,000 and had $10,000 on hand.

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8th DISTRICT

Albio Sires, the Democratic incumbent, had $492,000 in contributions and had spent about the same amount. He had $127,000 on hand.

No report was available for Republican Jude Tiscornia.

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9th DISTRICT

Incumbent Bill Pascrell, a Democrat, had $1.6 million in contributions and $673,000 spent on campaign operations. Like several other incumbents, he had also given money to other candidates and charities. His total for giving was $141,000. He had $1.1 million on hand.

No report was available for Republican Dierdre Paul.

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10th DISTRICT

Incumbent Donald Payne had $483,000 in contributions and $384,000 in campaign expenses. He had $75,000 on hand.

No report was available for Republican Yolanda Dentley.

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11th DISTRICT

Incumbent Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen had $1.2 million in contributions, $662,000 in operational expenses and $348,000 in political and charitable contributions. He had $444,000 on hand.

Democrat Mark Dunec had raised $165,000, spent $143,000 on campaign operations and had $19,000 on hand.

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12th DISTRICT

In this open seat usually dominated by Democrats, Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman has a major fundraising advantage over Republican Alieta Eck.

Watson Coleman had raised $1 million, spent $697,000 and had $303,000 on hand.

Eck had raised $189,000, spent $132,000 and had $58,000 on hand.

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