TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) is the fourth candidate for governor to received public matching funds for the June primaries, the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) announced Thursday.
So far $3.6 million in public matching funds has been approved for candidates running in the June gubernatorial primaries. Candidates who raise a minimum of $430,000 are eligible to receive public matching funds. It’s a two for one match, two dollars for every one dollar raised.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican, and former U.S. Treasury official Jim Johnson and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), both Democrats, had all been approved for matching funds. Ciattarelli joined the list Thursday, qualifying for a $650,996 disbursement.
ELEC also approved $38,450 for Guadagno on Thursday, taking her cumulative total to $1.16 million in public funds.
Johnson has secured the most matching funds of any candidate to date. A Thursday certification of $106,760 puts his total just slightly above Guadagno.
Wisniewski qualified for additional funds on Wednesday. His total is now $663,010.
Candidates who accept public funds are not permitted to spend over $6.4 million in the primary and $13.8 million in a general election. Qualified candidates must also participate in two public debates.