9 candidates in NJ gov's race so far

February 19, 2009 6:15:24 AM PST
Nine people are in the race for governor of New Jersey. The Election Law Enforcement Commission says the candidates filed forms to raise money for the June 2 primary.

However, the Division of Elections says no one, including incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, has filed paperwork with the state. Candidates can do so until April 6.

The top two Republican candidates, Christopher Christie and Steve Lonegan, will take public financing. Multimillionaire Corzine intends to fund much of his own re-election campaign.

Rounding out the GOP field are Rick Merkt, Mayor Brian Levine, David Brown and Dennis Knight.

Democrats Carl Bergmanson and Jeff Boss are challenging Corzine.

Independent Christopher Daggett, an environmental staffer under Gov. Tom Kean, also plans to enter the race.

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