NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork/AP) – Spending during New Jersey’s state elections last month hit an all-time high, according to state election law officials.
A preliminary report made public Thursday by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission said total spending was $124 million.
Independent groups spent a record high of nearly $41 million on elections across the state.
Since both Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic challenger Barbara Buono accepted public funding as well as spending caps, the spending in their race ended at $21 million. The figure is only about a quarter of what was spent in the 2005 gubernatorial race.
The election commission also reported that the ballot question on minimum wage attracted record spending at nearly $3 million. Even adjusted for inflation, it ranked third highest in New Jersey history.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories:
- Fla. Sheriff Insists Only 1 Deputy Was On Scene During Shooting; Gov. Scott Requests Official Inquiry
- Michelle Obama To Release Memoir In November
- 18-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Posting Social Media Threat That Prompted High School Lockdown
- Men Used Dating Website To Lure Victims In Bronx Robbery Pattern, Police Say
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)