- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Spending and fundraising by New Jersey’s top political party committees have dipped in the first quarter of the year.

Data released Tuesday by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission show New Jersey’s Democratic and Republican state committees, and Assembly and Senate political committees hauled in about $673,000 and had roughly $1 million in their coffers. Last year at this time the parties had brought in about $1 million, with $1.6 million cash on hand.

Not since 2014 have the committees raised less money. The 2016 figures are the second lowest going back to 2007.

The figures are the first since last year’s November election, when spending by the parties was $8.7 million.

The dip roughly matches prior years after an election when spending goes down after an uptick before balloting.

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