TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Special interest groups have spent about $38 million in New Jersey this year to influence the elections for governor and legislature and voting on ballot issues.
The state Election Law Enforcement Commission said Thursday that’s more than double the previous record of nearly $15 million in independent spending recorded in the 2009 elections.
The biggest outside spender has been Garden State Forward, a special political action committee formed by the state’s largest teacher’s union, the New Jersey Education Association.
The super PAC has spent close to $12 million on the races for governor and Legislature. That accounts for about a third of all the outside spending on those contests.
Independent spending by interest groups cannot by law be coordinated with the candidates or the political parties
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