Spending in New Jersey gubernatorial race about even, but Murphy has more banked
New Jersey's Republican candidate for governor Jack Ciattarelli has nearly matched incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy’s spending in the election so far, according to new figures out Monday from the Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Ciattarelli has spent about $12.4 million so far with Murphy spending nearly $12.6 million.
Murphy has $3.5 million cash on hand compared with nearly $700,000 for Ciattarelli. That's about five times more for Murphy as the candidates enter the final week of campaigning.
Between the June primary and Oct. 19, the governor has also brought in more than $16 million compared with $13.1 million for Ciattarelli.
Early voting is already underway in New Jersey and lasts until Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 2.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.