Another NJ candidate qualifies for funds

    By: Phil Gregory

    An independent candidate for governor of New Jersey says he has raised enough money to qualify for taxpayer matching funds.

    By: Phil Gregory
    philgregorynews@gmail.com

    An independent candidate for governor of New Jersey says he has raised enough money to qualify for taxpayer matching funds. Former state environmental protection commissioner Chris Daggett becomes the third independent candidate ever to quality for that money in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election.

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    Daggett says he raised more than $10,000 dollars above the $340,000 minimum to qualify for the matching campaign money. He’ll now get $2 in matching money for every $1 he raises until reaching a total of $10.9 million. Daggett says qualifying for the matching funds is a significant boost for his campaign.

    Dagnett: It enhances my candidacy. It enables me to reach a broader audience. I will be able to participate in the fall debates so there will be three of us.

    Republican Chris Christie is also using the matching program. Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine is not participating in public financing, meaning there is no set limit on how much he can spend.

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