Jersey City Ward C council challenger Kevin Bing out fundraised Councilman Rich Boggiano for the upcoming December 7th runoff election, while the incumbent is in the lead with cash on hand.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Bing raised $26,195, with $7,450 from contributions of $300 or more, according to his 11-day pre-election report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission on November 26th.
He had $11,793.49 left over from the November 2nd election where he was able to push a runoff, allowing him to spend $27,190.88. In the home stretch, he has $10,797.61 COH, the filing shows.
Nearly all of his listed donations came from Jersey City residents and his biggest expense was campaign consultant Joe Feldman, who was paid a cumulative $5,100.
As for Boggiano, who ran on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket in pursuit of a third term, he’s raised $14,300 from three separate entities, along with $400 in small contributions, his November 24th ELEC filing says.
His personal account, Friends of Richard Boggiano, had $22,771.05 left over from the prior race and spent $12,553.43, leaving his COH at $24,917.62, the campaign finance report shows.
The Jersey City Police Officers Association PAC donated $3,500 to the retired police detective on November 4th, with Local Union No. 164 IBEW contributing $8,200 on November 9th, and the UA Plumbers Local 24 PAC giving $2,600 on November 10th.
The individual campaign contribution limit set by ELEC is $2,600 and the political committee limit is $8,200 per election cycle.
The overwhelming majority of his expenses went to Secaucus-based Vision Media, the public relations firm that worked for Team Fulop this recent election cycle.
They were paid $10,513.13 to produce campaign mailers on November 19th.
Additionally, the November 23rd Team Fulop ELEC filing does not list any contributions or loans to Boggiano.
Fulop’s council ticket went 6-2 on Election Day, losing in Wards E and F and winning everywhere else – with the only exception being Ward C.
On November 2nd, Bing secured 1,473 votes to 2,175 ballots for Boggiano. The third place candidate Tom Zuppa, who earned 1,309 votes, has since come out in support of Boggiano.