Final word on Morristown vote

Candidates must file financial reports 20 days after an election and the relevant reports covering the June 2 Democratic mayoral primary have been on file for a while.

They show that incumbent Donald Cresitello spent about $84,000 in losing renomination to Tim Dougherty, who spent about $53,000.  The reports note that Cresitello loaned his campaign $20,o00; $5,000 of which he paid himself back. Candidates typically “loan” their campaigns money up front and then hope to get it back through fundraising.

Dougherty may have been officially outspent, but the reports say that he was more generous with so-called street money — cash given to workers on election  day. While Cresitello paid most of his workers $150 each, Dougherty paid them at least $250. 

Guess the extra 100 bucks helped.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

7 Responses to Final word on Morristown vote

  1. hogwash says:

    Yes it is a real shame that money can buy an election and once Tim is mayor he will give the bar crowd that supported him all the tents they want. Our streets will be running rampant with drunks that have filled the pockets of the bar owners who dump the drunks on our streets at 2 am for our police to look after. New Jersey is really a corrupted state and Morristown will become even more corrupted. Mayor Tim will look after the Unions in the daytime and the Bar owners at night.

  2. Billwil1969 says:

    I bet that the bar owners gave Dougherty a lot more money thn they reported.

  3. A Better World says:

    and lest we forget the stolen advertising from Daily Record and flyers at Assumption,,,priceless…fred…you forgot to mention that…

  4. Hogwash11 says:

    I guess we are entering our Boss Tim days in Morristown

  5. Well, I was writing about the financial reports and oddly, the “stolen” advertising from the Daily Record was not mentioned 🙂

  6. A Better World says:

    Stolen services would have had a cost…guess that’s why there was a surplus and workers were able to get extra cash. Stealin’ from Peter to give to Paul…

  7. Traditions says:

    Fred – How much were the ads he bought in the DR? I remember hearing about $30k total. Wouldn’t the ads, the rent at HQ, and the price of the sugar packets and banners put Dougherty over $53K and that’s with out the street money? Something’s fishy.

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