Sherrill has $1.3 million banked after a striking $464k 4th quarter

Preparing for her congressional re-election bid this year, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) raised a solid $464,000 during the fourth quarter of last year and has an impressive $1.3 million cash-on-hand.

That brings Sherrill’s total 2023 fundraising haul to over $1.975 million.

Since becoming a candidate for Congress in 2018, when she flipped New Jersey’s 11th district House seat after Republicans held for 34 years, Sherrill has raised a gigantic $23.4 million.

The three-term congresswoman from North Jersey also raised nearly $90,000 for her political action committee, Gateway to Leadership, during the last three months of 2023.  Sherrill provided assistance to 52 Democratic women running for the legislature and spent almost $270,000.

“Our campaign has been powered by grassroots support since Day One, and I’m proud of the enthusiasm I’ve seen in every corner of the Garden State,” Sherrill said.  “New Jerseyans are hungry for a different kind of politics – one that puts service and country first, and works tirelessly to make our state a better and more affordable place to live, work, and raise a family.”

So far, no Republicans have expressed an interest in challenging Sherrill in 2024.

A former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, Sherrill’s $1.2 million fundraising haul by the end of 2107 caused the 12-term Republican incumbent, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, to unexpectedly announce his retirement.

Sherrill won her House race by 46,262 votes, 57%-42%, flipping a House seat held by Republicans for 34 years.  She defeated Republican Rosemary Becchi, a former U.S. Senate Finance Committee tax counsel, by 29,150 votes, 53%-47%, in 2020.

Redistricting in 2022 traded heavily Democratic towns in Sussex and Passaic counties for Democratic strongholds in Essex, including Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange.  Joe Biden would have carried the new lines by 17 points – almost as large as his margin in the less competitive 6th and 9th districts. In 2022, Gov. Phil Murphy, who struggled in the well-off suburbs where Biden did best, won the 11th district by four points.

She faced Paul DeGroot, a former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor, and defeated him by 51,484 votes, a 19-point victory.