Teachers Union Spends Big On Buono Campaign, Tight Legislative Contests

moneyby John Mooney / NJ Spotlight

The New Jersey Education Association’s political juggernaut keeps on rolling.

With the latest campaign finance reports in, the teachers union has now topped $13 million in spending on the state elections next Tuesday, easily beating all other special-interest spending and almost matching Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign itself, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The bulk of the money is out of its super PAC, Garden State Forward, which has been active for not only Democratic challenger Barbara Buono, with two television ads on her behalf so far, but also focused on helping Democratic candidates in a handful of legislative races that are considered tight.

The latest campaign finance reports showed the group is now up to a total of $11.9 million, in addition to another $1.4 million by the NJEA’s state PAC, according to ELEC. The union had never spent more than $2.4 million on a state election before.

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