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He rose to power with the backing of his friend George E.
Norcross III, the Democratic power broker and South Jersey hospital and insurance executive.
Christie, a Republican whose 15 percent approval rating is politically radioactive.
“This is an extraordinary amount of money being spent so soon,” said Larry Weitzner, CEO of the GOP media-strategy firm Jamestown Associates.
“It shows you how pitched the battle is and how intensely personal it has become for the NJEA and Senator Sweeney.” Given the current ad blitz, spending by outside groups and the campaigns could reach million, he said, putting the race on track to be among the most expensive in the history of New Jersey legislative campaigns.
Grenier had ,835.35 in his campaign account as of late June, though he’s expected to get funds from GOP leadership.
But the bigger threat to Sweeney is the teachers’ union, one of the most powerful interest groups in Trenton.