Money in the sheriff's race

Steve Olimpio  (as of now at least) has more signs around Morris County, but incumbent Ed Rochford has more money.

Campaign finance reports show the sheriff with a campaign fund of about $78,500 as of May 10, the last filing deadline. Olimpio’s warchest as of that day was a shade under $36,000.

In what we likely be an issue in the race between now and June 8 is that most of Olimpio’s contributions are from people and businesses outside of Morris County. Olimpio lives in Kinnelon, but has strong Passaic County connectons as a Paterson detective and PBA president.

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.

3 Responses to Money in the sheriff's race

  1. SethT says:

    I still don’t get it (Olimpio). I don’t care about in house union squabbles. I don’t care about how happy sheriff officers are with their boss. The Olimpio team has not come up with any compelling reasons for my vote. Rochford seems to be looking out for me. And Olimpio???

    I’ve said it before, Olimpio’s campaign is like a Seinfeld show — a campaign about nothing!


  2. Morris Optimist says:

    Maybe they’re giving him lots of money in the hopes of getting rid of him in Passaic. Stranger things have happened in politics. Or maybe they figure he’ll lose, but they want to stay on his good side by donating to his campaign. Either way, if he really was the right person for Morris County Sheriff, his campaign contributions would be pouring in from Morris County residents. Rochford is doing a good job, and is highly qualified – way more than Olimpio.

  3. Tom Hanson says:

    Or maybe people just know that putting your name on a check to the Olimpio campaign also puts your name on Rochford’s list. He’s already threatened plenty of people about openly supporting Olimpio, said he would hand the jail over to the Freeholders if he lost, even harrassed business owners to take down Olimpio signs. I’m sure its nice to be an 18 year incumbent that can cash in on all the jobs, priority placements, and other favors you’ve already given out, but not everyone has that luxury.

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