Menendez raises over $10 million

New Jersey Senator Has $6.9 million cash on hand

The Record’s Herb Jackson reports that U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has raised over $10 million in special interest contributions for his 2012 reelection campaign.   A look at the Senator’s FEC reports reveals that $5.3 million of that money was raised last quarter and that he had $6.9 million in cash on hand on September 30th.

Despite Menendez’s weak poll numbers, whoever the GOP nominates to challenge him will have a heavy lift.  New Jersey voters are split 40-38 percent over whether the Hudson County poll deserves another term, according to Quinnipiac, yet they favor him 43-39 percent over an unnamed Republican.

Most  All of the Republicans vying for the nomination are unnamed in the minds of New Jersey voters.  Joe Kyrillos, Mike Doherty and Anna Little are names well known in political circles and to readers of this site, but are not households names throughout New Jersey.   At the pace Menendez is raising money, the GOP nominee will likely need to raise $25 million or more to compete.

Little Impact

Anna Little’s fliration with the Senate race has many Republicans shaking their heads.  Others are scratching their heads.   Little’s FEC reports indicate no money raised in 2011 for her announced rematch against Frank Pallone. Yet Little has been sending fund raising letters,”paid for” by Anna Little for Congress 2012, the expenses for which are not reported, and is traveling the state and the country seeking support and singing God Bless America.

Should Little actually enter the Senate race and forsake a potential rematch against Pallone, her candidacy in the primary will ironically benefit State Senator Joe Kyrillos.   Little would split the hardline conservative/Tea Party/Loneganite vote with State Senator Mike Doherty, making what is already expected to be a smooth ride for Kyrillos, should he choose to seek the nomination, even easier than previously anticipated.

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Menendez raises over $10 million”

  1. Charles M said at 10:49 am on November 14th, 2011:

    The Save Jersey Blog has a poll up


  2. Get Smart said at 3:59 pm on November 22nd, 2011:

    Anna Little Leads Kyrillos and Doherty by a Two to One Margin in Poll

    Burlington County, NJ (November 21, 2011) — After initially trailing candidates Joe Kyrillos and Mike Doherty in a Save Jersey “Snap Poll” of 2012 Republican US Senate candidates, Anna Little has won nearly half the 415 votes cast as of
    11:59 PM on Sunday, November 20.

    The poll opened on November 13 and Little pulled ahead a few days later. She has led ever since.

    Here are the poll results:

    Anna Little……200 votes
    Joe Kyrillos……118 votes
    Mike Doherty….97 votes

    “As far as we’re concerned, the week long poll is over and Anna Little has won,” said Burlington County resident and PAC Vice President for New Jersey, Bill Green.

    “And we’re not surprised by the results. Anna Little is well known and well liked throughout the state.

    “The PAC endorsed Anna in her 2010 bid for 6th Congressional District seat and we will be in her corner if she decides to run for the US Senate.”

    “We have made no secret of our desire to see her run for the US Senate,” added
    PAC President, Don Adams.

    “As the only candidate running who can clearly be called a Reagan Republican, Anna would make an excellent candidate.

    “As a former Freeholder (Monmouth County) and Mayor (Highlands), Anna has the principles, experience, skills, and talent necessary to represent New Jersey in the US Senate.

    “In addition, if Little were elected, she would be the first female US Senator in the 220 year plus history of the Garden State.”

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