New Jersey election officials are releasing details about the amount of public campaign matching funds disbursed to candidates.
The Election Law Enforcement Commission said Monday that more than $1.7 million has been given to two candidates vying to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
The commission says Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno received $830,818. Democrat Jim Johnson, a former Clinton administration Treasury official, has received $875,474.
The program dates to 1974 and allows candidates to get $2 in public cash for every $1 raised. Candidates must raise $430,000 to qualify for public cash. There’s a cap of $4 million and spending for candidates getting public money is limited to $6.4 million in the primary.
Matching funds are financed through donations from state income tax forms and through the general fund.