Garrett Challenger Breaks Fundraising Record

Josh Gottheimer raised more money than any House candidate in New Jersey

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett became a target of Democrats after he said he wouldn't pay dues to the NRCC because it supported openly gay candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett's Democratic challenger broke a fundraising record for House candidates from New Jersey.

Josh Gottheimer, a former Microsoft executive and White House speechwriter, raised $1.1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, which ended Sept. 30, bringing his total amount of money raised to $4 million.

Gottheimer also reported $2.6 million in cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

[Democratic Poll: Gottheimer Leads Garrett in New Jersey]

Garrett, who represents the Garden State's 5th District, raised $540,000 in the most recent quarter and has $2.1 million in the bank. This is the first time since his first race in 2002 that he has been outraised by an opponent.

Garrett became a major target for Democrats this cycle after he said he refused to pay dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee because it recruited and supported openly gay candidates.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Tilts Republican.

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