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Vicari Outspending Ryan by More Than 4-1 Margin In Freeholder Race

Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari (left) at the 2014 Columbus Day Parade in Seaside Heights. (File Photo)

Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari (left) at the 2014 Columbus Day Parade in Seaside Heights. (File Photo)

Longtime Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari is outspending his Democratic rival by a more than 4-1 margin this election cycle, data from the state Election Law Enforcement Commission shows.

Vicari, a Republican who is seeking his 12th, three-year term on the county’s freeholder board, has raised $64,000 this year and combined that with unused funding from previous campaigns that brings his total war chest to $68,116. Vicari has so far spent $65,211.

His challenger, Democrat Timothy E. Ryan, has raised just $3,850 in cash contributions and $1,114 in non-monetary contributions, such as office space. The report shows that Ryan self-funded his campaign to the tune of $14,000, for a total of $18,964 available for campaign activities. So far the Ryan campaign has spent $14,057 this election cycle.

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Ryan’s key contributors include the Pinnacle Title Agency of Jackson, which donated $866, and the Ocean County Finance Committee, which is run from the address of the law firm of Starkey, Kelly, Kenneally, Cunningham & Turnbach, which is aligned with county Democrats.

Vicari’s largest contributor has been two businesses run by Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach. Jenkinson’s South and Jenkinson’s Pavilion both donated $2,600 to the campaign. Vicari’s other key contributors include the engineering firm of Remington, Vernick and Vena, which donated $2,600, T&M Engineering, which donated $2,600, and the law firm of Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, which represents Ocean County government, which donated $2,600.



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